The authorities have stopped internet services in Nawada, where communal unrest has thrown normal life out of gear for the last three days.
Nawada DM Manoj Kumar ordered the cancellation of internet services on Thursday afternoon to prevent spread of rumours and provocative messages by vested interests. The DM’s move followed the attack on Aurangzeb, a policeman, while he was on duty near a Lord Hanuman temple on Wednesday midnight. The temple is situated a few hundred metres from the official residences of the Nawada DM and SP.
At the time of the incident, Nawada SDO Rajesh Kumar and SDPO Sanjay Pandey were offering prayers at a mazaar nearby apparently as part of the administration’s efforts to spread the message of universal brotherhood. They rushed to the constable who had his head smashed, and took him to a hospital.
A worried state government drafted ADG Gupteshwar Pandey, zonal IG Naiyyar Hasnain Khan, Magadh division commissioner Lian Kunga and DIG Saurabh Kumar to the strife-torn town. Five companies of forces, including central armed police force, were also dispatched to quell the possibility of any communal flare-up, esepcially when the Ram Navami procession is taken out on Friday.