The district administration has deployed a large contingent of security personnel at Khora village to prevent clashes and instil confidence in the residents after a conflict between two groups injured 12 people over the weekend.
Police had been forced to fire in the air to disperse members of two groups that had indulged in violence since Saturday.
Trouble started at the village, under the jurisdiction of Chiraiya police station, on Saturday evening when a group of people was taking out a jhanda julus (religious procession). Another group had objected to it, leading to a clash.
The administration had immediately deployed police to check the situation from spiralling out of control. But the protests continued and some residents of the village blocked all the entry points to it by lighting bonfires.
The police had a tough time entering the village and had to fire in the air to disperse the mob. District magistrate Vinay Kumar had to wait for long time before he could enter the village.
As Vinay was still at the village, he could not be contacted for comment. But officer on special duty Anurag Kaushal Singh said: “The situation has been brought under control. We are hopeful that everything would be perfectly alright within the next few days.”
Singh said: “The trouble was caused by some criminals in the village. A magistrate and a number of armed policemen would camp at Khora village to prevent clashes and instil confidence in the people.”
The officer also said of the 12 people injured, some have already been released from the Sadar hospital on Monday.
Apart from senior police and CRPF officers, the deputy inspector-general (in-charge) of police,
Champaran range, Amrit Raj, has also been camping at the village since Sunday night.
A company of RAF arrived on Monday and staged a flag march in the village and other areas under the Chiraiya block. Raj said: “The situation is tense but under control at present.”
Chiraiya MLA Awanesh Kumar Singh said his political opponents had sparked the trouble.
“Most people in the area are my voters. Why would they start trouble in the area?” he said. The BJP legislator said the RJD had fuelled trouble in the area.