2021 Kawardha riots

The 2021 Kawardha riots were incidents of religious violence between Hindus and Muslims that occurred in Kawardha, Chhattisgarh, India, between 3 and 7 October 2021.

2021 Kawardha riots and unrest
Part of religious violence in India
Date3 October 2021; 13 months ago (3 October 2021)[1]
22°01′N 81°15′E / 22.02°N 81.25°E / 22.02; 81.25Coordinates: 22°01′N 81°15′E / 22.02°N 81.25°E / 22.02; 81.25
GoalsArson, stoning, civil unrest and rioting
Resulted in
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
Ramesh Sharma (IAS) Bharatiya Janata Party logo.svg Abhishek SinghSandip Garg (IPS)


Kawardha is a small city in the Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh. It is the home of former state Chief Minister Raman Singh and Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar.[2] The district is 92.4% Hindu and 7.76% Muslim.[3]


On Sunday, 3 October 2021, a group of Muslims and Hindus had an argument over the placement of religious flags in Loahara Naka Chowk in the town of Kawardha.[4][5][2][6][1] An eyewitness claimed that following the altercation, a green flag had been torn down, and some hours later, a saffron flag was removed in retaliation.[2][1] Two days later, right-wing organisations, including the Vishva Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal, held a rally protesting the flag removal. The rally led to civil unrest in the region, including arson and rioting. The police conducted a lathi charge to disperse the protestors,[7][1] invoked Section 144 (barring unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code, and imposed a curfew in the region.[8][9][10][7]

The police stated that the Vishva Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal had promised peaceful protests.[1] They registered a First Information Reports against several people, including Santosh Pandey, a Member of Parliament, and Abhishek Singh, a former Member of Parliament, both of whom were from the Bharatiya Janata Party.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e Verma, Indian Express 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Tiwari, The Quint 2021.
  3. ^ 2011 Kawardha census.
  4. ^ "Chhattisgarh's Kawardha tense after violence over removal of religious flags, curfew on". India Today. Retrieved 2021-10-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "छत्तीसगढ़: कवर्धा में धार्मिक झंडे हटाने को लेकर दो गुटों में झड़प, इलाके में धारा 144 लागू". Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  6. ^ ANI News 2021.
  7. ^ a b Mishra 2021.
  8. ^ "Curfew imposed in Chhattisgarh's Kawardha town after communal violence; 15 detained". Hindustan Times. 2021-10-06. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  9. ^ "Curfew In Chhattisgarh Town After Violence During Right-Wing Rally". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  10. ^ TOI 2021.


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