Communal Violence in Kabirdham, Chattisgarh

On Sunday the 3rd of October, Chhattisgarh's Kawardha witnessed a brawl turned violent. According to Indian Express, an argument over a flag at the thoroughfare. A local, Durgesh Dewangan, got into a verbal tussle with locals and started hurling communal taunts and name-calling over a green flag which ended in him beating. Two days later, this incident spread across the town. After Durgesh got beaten, a group of people removed the green flag. Later, the saffron flag too was removed by another group, leading to a fight and a riot. The Quint reports, "On the 5th of October, Hindu outfits - Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal organized a massive rally allegedly called by MP Santosh Pandey and several other leaders of Hindu Outfit. The mob soon turned violent and reached Muslim residential areas, and stones were pelted, injuring police and civilians. Till the 9th of October, more than 90 people had been named in more than seven FIRs. Along with it, 14 additional names were added in the FIRs for inciting violence in the district. So far, there hasn't been any arrest. Indian Express reports, "IG Police Vivekanand Sinha issued a statement saying 70 people had been identified based on the videos of the incidents, and that police were trying to identify more people who were part of the mob."

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Market
Number of victims 13 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Market Was cross FIR filed Yes
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

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Investigating agency Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory :In total seven FIR had been lodged against people from both the communities, naming over 90 people in total. another 14 people had been named in FIR for inciting violence. Current status Under investigation :FIR had been registered against several right wing leaders
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Main Information
Date of incident: October 03, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Communal tension/Violence/Riot
  • Causal factors
  • Instigate Communal Riots / Clash
  • No. of People Injured 13
    Name of the victim : unnamed locals
    Name of Perpetrator Opposition leader- Dharamlal Kaushik, Piyush Thakur, MP - Santosh Pandey,
    State Chhattisgarh
    District/City Kawardha
    Party In Power / Incidents INC - Indian National Congress
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