From deluge in north to melee in southern state of Kerala, the month of March witnessed some contrasting run of events. Here are top five Indian states which grabbed national headlines during the month.
Jammu and Kashmir government declared floods in the Valley after River Jhelum crossed the danger mark due to heavy rainfall in the Valley. Six were killed and nineteen reported missing in the incident. [6 bodies recovered from landslides in Jammu Kashmir; toll rises to 19]
In the first terror attack in Jammu since the PDP-BJP government came to power, two heavily armed terrorists in Army uniform stormed a police station in Kathua, killing five people, before being gunned down by state police and security forces.
Hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam was released from jail creating a huge uproar across the country.[Who is Masarat Alam and why his release from jail created uproar in Kashmir, India: Explained]
Accused in the death of 110 people, the 44-year-old gets invitation from Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit to take part in Pakistan national day celebrations, creating a furore in the country.
Aam Aadmi Party founding members Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, and others were expelled from party's national executive for anti-party activities after voicing strong dissent with Arvind Kejriwal.
Bandits gangraped 70-year-old nun inside the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat in Nadia district of West Bengal. Ludhiana police detained four Bangladeshi residents. [Nun gangrape case: Breakthrough as 4 Bangladeshis arrested]
35-year-old IAS officer DK Ravi was found hanging in his apartment. After immense pressure, Chief Minister decided to hand over the probe to the CBI. [Karnataka govt hands over case to CBI]
Jitan Ram Manjhi, who was expelled by JD(U) for indulging in "anti-party activities, said that the new political front - Hindustani Awam Morcha is open to tie-up with any party to form government in the state.