District Administration has beefed up security in the State capital to avert any untoward incident as Bakrid clashes with the last Monday of Shravan this week.
At least 2000 security personnel and 121 magistrates will be deployed on the streets to maintain law and order during the festivals, police said on Sunday.
Senior Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta said that police’s control room will be functional since 6am on Monday and keep an eye on all the happenings within the periphery of the district. Besides, policemen will be deployed outside all the mosques and temples in the district, he added. Ranchi has witnessed several incidents of communal clashes in the recent years, thus law enforcement agencies are on their toes this time.
The Muslim community offers animal sacrifice on Bakrid as a ritual.
This year, the community has decided to bury the skin of the animals that are sacrificed during the festival, which may further increase the risk of clashes. The SSP has also directed cops to maintain a vigil on trucks that ferry animals to the city for slaughter on Monday.
Bovine slaughter is a legal offense in Jharkhand under the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act.
Sacrifice of cows, calves, buffalos, bulls and camels will be strictly prohibited, police said. “Foolproof arrangements have been made to avert any clash on Monday. Strict actions will be taken against any person found guilty of disrupting peace,” said Gupta.
Meanwhile, the police have also kept social media under scanner to detect and intercept any content aimed at disrupting peace on Monday.
Many of the recent communal clashes in Jharkhand were triggered by objectionable posts on social media lately.
A 19-year-old girl from Pithoria was also arrested last month and sent to jail on charges of sharing objectionable content on social networking platform, Facebook. “We will lodge First Information Report (FIR) against any person found spreading rumours on social media,” Gupta said.
Armed policemen will also be deployed around Pahadi Temple here to maintain law and order. Devotees flock to Pahadi Mandir on every Monday during the holy month of Shravan.
The last Monday of Shravan usually witnesses maximum footfall at the temple. Police have also issued special instructions to keep a check on objectionable songs during the festivities on Monday. The police have made it clear that any person found guilty of playing objectionable songs during the festival will be booked under section 295 A of Indian Penal Code and put behind bars.