Bhadrak Sizzling: Main accused arrested


Bhadrak: Odisha Police have arrested Mohammed Asif Khan, the main accused of the ongoing violence here for posting derogatory remarks on Hindu deities in Facebook, police said on Sunday.

As per police, Asif was nabbed on Saturday after tracking his mobile phone and Facebook ID. He was noticed to chat with a girl. The girl’s account with whom he was chatting was also created on a fake name.

Police said Asif was a student pursuing his engineering degrees and he has also admitted before police of committing the crime.

Including Asif, police have so far arrested 59 persons involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, curfew has been in force in the town following the riot-like situation.

Earlier in the day, 15 platoons of state police had conducted a flag march to contain the violence. Besides, Centre has dispatched 2,000 paramilitary personnel to aid the local administration to restore normalcy.

The violence started on Thursday after derogatory comments on Lord Ram and Sita were posted on a Facebook page. The Bhagat Sena Ram Navmi Samiti lodged a complaint with police in this regard with a demand of arresting Asif Khan, Asif Ali and Mohammed Rehan for their involvement in posting such remarks.

Soon after, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists started blockading traffic on the main roads and gheraoed a police station. The VHP and Bajrang Dal activists demanded action against three Muslim youth for their comments on Facebook.

Though a peace meeting was convened on Friday, it failed to bring any resolution.


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