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Police records in Bihar show ways in which communal pot was kept boiling

22, Aug 2015

In clashes since the BJP-JD(U) split, triggers show a trend: animal parts in places of worship, vandalism and revival of disputes long forgotten
Written by Appu Esthose Suresh
Vaishali/ Muzaffarpur/ Motihari Updated: Aug 22, 2015, 8:57
From throwing carcasses of animals in places of worship to digging up buried issues, police records in Bihar have listed a variety of ways in which communal tension appears to have been deliberately kept on the boil ever since the BJP-JD(U) ruling coalition split on June 18, 2013.
The Indian Express examined these records during a journey through 18 districts in western Bihar that witnessed nearly 70% of the “communal incidents” recorded since June 2013. And found four visible strands running through the 667 “communal incidents” recorded since June 2013:

 

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