MP Ram Navami violence: CM Shivraj Chouhan says damage to be recovered from rioters soon

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the rioters who pelted stones at a Ram Navami procession in Khargone on Sunday had been identified and the cost of the damage inflicted on public and private property would be recovered from them.

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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said that the perpetrators of the communal violence that occurred on Sunday in Khargone had been identified and they will not be spared.

On Sunday, stones were pelted at a Ram Navami procession, prompting the police to fire tear gas shells to control the situation.

Khargone Additional Collector Sumer Singh Mujalde said: “The stone pelting triggered arson, in which several vehicles and houses were burnt”

Reacting to the incident, “The Khargone incident was unfortunate. The rioters will not be spared. Strictest action will be taken. There is no place for rioters in Madhya Pradesh. They have been identified. The action will not be limited to a jail term.”

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“Those who pelted stones and caused damage to public and private property will be punished. The costs of the damage will also be recovered from them. All costs will be recovered under the Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property and Recovery of Damages Act, 2021. A claims tribunal will work. That recovery will be done after assessing the damage.

Following the violence, a curfew was clamped in Khargone on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. Citizens were asked not to step out except in the case of medical emergencies.