Controversy broke out during a traditional program of pig sacrifice by the Dalit community in Gomia, Jharkhand. This controversy occurred after the Muslim community raised objection. The Muslim side alleges that some pieces of slaughtered pig were scattered in their locality as well. At present there is tense peace in the village. Police force has been deployed in the area. The incident took place on Sunday (November 19, 2023).
According to media reports, the matter is of Aiyar village of Gomia, Bokaro. Here on Sunday, people of Ravidas community performed their traditional worship. Pigs were sacrificed during this puja. It is being told that after the pig was sacrificed, the nearby people took its meat with them. People of the Muslim community allege that those performing the sacrifice scattered the pieces of meat here and there. Some pieces were also found in Muslim colony. Within some time this news spread and people of the Muslim community came out of their homes.
Seeing the situation becoming tense, people of Ravidas community also stood on the front. People of Dalit community say that this festival of theirs comes once in 7 years in which they traditionally sacrifice a pig. They do this before harvesting the paddy to please their favorite deity. People of Ravidas community did not want any kind of disruption in their worship. As soon as information about the matter was received, heavy police force reached the spot. The police pacified both the parties and separated them.
Later a meeting was held between Ravidas Samaj and the Muslim side in the presence of senior administrative officials of the district. In the meeting, both sides were calling themselves right and the other wrong. Ultimately senior officials asked both sides to maintain peace for the time being. During the talks, land disputes between the two sides also came to the fore. Administrative officials have said that a permanent solution to this matter will be found after the religious convention of the tribal people. Police force has been deployed in the village as a precautionary measure.
It is noteworthy that in August 2021, a similar dispute had taken place in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. Then there was a dispute between the two parties regarding the organization of Tajiya procession and Suaria fair on Friday (August 20, 2021) in Ramlila Gachhi market of Deoria. Then the Muslim side had opposed the Suaria fair being held during the Tajiya procession. Due to increasing tension and tension, people from both the sides were injured. Angry Hindus also clashed with the police.