After northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has emerged as the new source of worry for Bihar, located thousands of miles away.
In the past 45 days, the neigbouring nation has caused tension in the state thrice, prompting the authorities to act with caution.
The latest Bihar town to fall in the grip of communal tension over the same issue is Dehri-On-Sone in Rohtas district where about a dozen people sustained injuries when rival communities clashed over Pakistan.
Trouble erupted last evening when a group of Hindu devotees shouted “Pakistan murdabad” slogans while taking out Janmastami procession through the Muslim-dominated locality in the town.
Reports said hearing the crowd shouting slogans against Pakistan, the rival group began raising slogans in favour of the neighbouring nation before clashing with them, leading to tension.
The situation deteriorated further after the rival group further pelted stones at a Hindu temple, as per reports.
The mounting tension led to the closure of the local market today as the senior police officials are camping at the site trying to calm down the situation.
The administration has also deployed heavy deployment of security forces in the sensitive pockets to keep the situation under control.
Last month, tension had gripped Nalanda, the home district of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, after a Pakistan flag was found unfurling atop the house of a Muslim resident Md Ziauddin Raza Khan.
The local residents were shocked to see the flags unfurling in their locality for the past two days until they informed the local police which rushed to the spot and brought it down. The police also arrested the house owner and sent him to jail.
A peculiar situation again arose in Patna the same month when the Muslim processionists taking out a procession under the banner of Popular Front of India shouting full-throated slogans in favour of Pakistan, promoting the police to register a case in the regard.
This led to the arrest of a Muslim youth. The procession had been taken out to lend support to the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi but ultimately it turned out to an India-bashing attempt on the streets of the state capital.
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