12 Jun 2024

Chhattisgarh Baloda Bazar violence: CM Vishnudeo Sai holds meeting with heads of Satnami community, see details

Chhattisgarh Baloda Bazar violence: Chhattisgarh CM Vishnudeo Sai held a meeting with the heads of the Satnami community regarding the incident of violence and arson in Baloda Bazar district. He said that Baba Guru Ghasidas' message has been of peace and harmony in the society. It is also the responsibility of all of you that the Satnami community should not be misled and move forward together in the direction of establishing peace.

'Those who committed violence were anti-social elements'

The Satnami community leaders said that all the people of the community are hurt by the incident. They said that those who committed violence and vandalism during the demonstration were anti-social elements and were not part of our delegation. We are all determined to establish peace and harmony. 

A delegation of Satnami community from across the state met Chief Minister Sai at his residence office. Important discussions were held to maintain peace and harmony in connection with the incident that took place in Balodabazar district and once again reiterated the resolve to work together to establish peace.

Govt ordered judicial probe: CM

The Chief Minister said that the Satnami community is the follower of Guru Baba Ghasidas. Baba has shown the world the path of truth and non-violence. He said that recently anti-social elements have insulted Jaitkham. The government has taken cognizance of this and has also announced a judicial inquiry. 

A situation of misunderstanding should not be created: CM

Chief Minister Sai said that this incident in Chhattisgarh, an island of peace, is highly condemnable. The Chief Minister told the heads of the Satnami community that all of you have come from different areas of the state. It is also your responsibility that a situation of misunderstanding should not be created. The CM told the community heads that no innocent will be punished.

'We believe in truth, non-violence and harmony'

Rajendra Prasad Bhatpahari, state president of Pragatisheel Chhattisgarh Satnami Samaj, said that our society is a follower of Baba Ghasidas ji. We are people who believe in truth, non-violence and harmony. This incident in Balodabazar district has hurt all of us. We all want peace to be established in the society and understanding our social responsibility, we are eager to work in this direction along with the government.

More than 200 arrested

Meanwhile, the police have arrested more than 200 people in the case of arson in many government offices including the Collector and SP office in Baloda Bazar-Bhatapara district of Chhattisgarh.

Police say that a large number of suspects are being questioned. 12 police teams have been formed to search for the suspects.

Police force deployed from neighboring districts

A top police official told media, "More than two dozen policemen and other government officials have also been injured in the violence that took place on Monday. So far seven FIRs have been registered in this incident of arson and violence. Police force has also been deployed from neighboring districts to help in the investigation of the case. The culprits will not be spared under any circumstances."

Meanwhile, the district collector KL Chauhan, while talking to the media, said that a review meeting is going on with the senior officials of the state.

It is worth noting that the people of Satnami community, angry over the lack of action against those who vandalized the religious symbol Jaitkham, set fire to many government offices including the Collector, SP, Panchayat of Baloda Bazar-Bhatapara district on Monday.

Apart from this, 77 vehicles were set on fire. Even two fire engines that arrived to extinguish the fire were set on fire by the mob.

The furious mob was adamant that instead of the judicial inquiry announced by the state government, the CBI should investigate the case involving the damage to their religious symbols.

The Satnami community has been dominant in Chhattisgarh. The highest population of Scheduled Castes in the state is from this community.

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