The clash broke out near Talab Chowk, Khargone, mosque when some people opposed the provocative songs being played during the procession. Videos of the incident showed a mob pelting stones at the mosque and homes close to it.
According to Khargone District Collector Anugraha P, the first incident of stone pelting was reported around 5 pm, when the Ram Navami procession set out from Talab Chowk locality and had barely moved about 500 metres. The police resorted to lathi charge and fired teargas shells to control the situation.
When the incident broke out, BJP leader Kapil Mishra was also in Khargone to attend the Shriram Janmotsav Shobha Yatra procession. Sharing photos on Twitter, he wrote, “Na Musa na Burhan, Bas Jai Shree Ram. Hamari Ram Navami yatra Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, me shuru.”
Provocative song before the violence exhorts Hindus to “rise” so that “those who wear skull caps will bow down to Lord Ram,” referring to Muslims. It goes on to say that when Hindu “blood boils” it will show Muslims their rightful place with their “sword.”
The communal clashes left over 50 injured and one dead and at least 26 homes, a dozen vehicles, at least six shops, one godown, and several religious places were either vandalised or set on fire, police said. The deceased’s family, however, alleged that Ibraish Khan was killed by police after he was allegedly taken into custody during the violence, an allegation denied by police.