Communal tensions over Eid in Jodhpur; Mobile internet services suspended, curfew imposed
Jodhpur/Jaipur, May 3 (PTI) Communal tensions gripped Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s hometown of Jodhpur hours before Eid, prompting authorities to suspend mobile internet services and impose a curfew in 10 areas of police stations in the city.
Rajasthan’s Minister of State for Interior, Rajendra Yadav, said so far more than 50 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Several others were also arrested overnight.
The Chief Minister appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony. He also accused the central BJP leadership of trying to defame the state government.
The Jodhpur Deputy Commissioner of Police has issued orders imposing a curfew until midnight May 4 in addition to suspending mobile internet services. Tensions erupted after midnight on Monday over the erection of Islamic flags on the Jalori gate circle, which resulted in stone-throwing in which five police officers were injured.
The situation was brought under control in the early hours of Tuesday with a massive police deployment, but tensions escalated again in the morning after prayers at an Eidgah.
Shops, vehicles and houses were pelted with rocks near the Jalori Gate area.
Members of a minority community were putting up Eid flags and they placed a flag on a roundabout next to the statue of freedom fighter Balmukund Bissa.
This led to a confrontation as members of the other community alleged that a saffron flag, which they had erected in front of Parshuram Jayanti, had gone missing.
The issue has snowballed into rock bombardments and clashes, officials said.
Police rushed to the scene to control the situation in which five officers were injured, the police control room said.
The police had to throw tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd.
Mobile internet services have been suspended in the area to control the spread of rumours, officials said.
Gehlot in a tweet urged people to keep the peace and called the incident unfortunate.
“While respecting the tradition of love and brotherhood of Jodhpur, Marwar, I make a touching appeal to all parties to maintain peace and cooperate in the restoration of law and order,” he said. -he declares.
The Chief Minister said leaders of all political parties should ask their workers to keep the peace and they should all stay united.
Gehlot also chaired a high-level meeting at the chief minister’s office to review the situation. He asked ministers Rajendra Yadav and Subhash Garg, along with two officers to fly to Jodhpur by helicopter.
The CM ordered officials to take stern action against those responsible.
A criminal, regardless of religion, caste or class, should not be spared, the CM told officials.
He later told news channels that it was the BJP’s agenda to defame him.
“It is their job to incite riots between Hindus and Muslims. How long can you do politics in the name of polarization? This country belongs to all religions, all castes and Prime Minister Modi and the central government must also understand this,” he said.
On the other hand, the BJP has targeted the state government over law and order.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the police were working under pressure.
Shekhawat threatened to sit, along with other party leaders, on a dharna at Jalori’s gate circle if the rioters are not stopped.
“A man has been stabbed and is fighting for his life in hospital. The disbelievers also insulted women and broke the leg of an underage girl. They also attempted to damage a temple in the Sunaro Ka Baas area,” he alleged.
BJP MP Suryakanta Vyas in Jodhpur has objected to the erection of an Eid flag next to the freedom fighter statue.
She had gone there last night as soon as the incident had occurred.
“They (put the flag) at (the statue of) Bissa ji and we have a strong objection to that. We won’t forget that,” Vyas said.
BJP State Chairman Satish Poonia said: “The installation of an Islamic flag on the statue of freedom fighter Balmukund Bissa by anti-social elements and the removal of the saffron flags installed on Parshuram Jayanti is condemnable. “.
He called on people to keep the peace and demanded that the state government establish “the rule of law”.
“A saffron flag was replaced with an Islamic flag on the Bissaji statue last night and sabotage occurred today. It is proven by the Karauli incident that such incidents occur under the patronage of the government of state,’ Poonia said in a video statement.
He said such incidents against the majority community are alarming.
Former CM Vasundhara Raje and other BJP leaders have also targeted the state government.
In the evening, Ministers Rajendra Yadav and Subhash Garg along with ACS (Home) and ADG (Law and Order) visited the violence-affected area and a hospital.
Yadav told reporters at a press conference that more than 50 people had been arrested and efforts were being made to identify others.
He said three people were receiving treatment in hospitals while another 12 to 15 were discharged after primary treatment.
Yadav said officials have been dispatched to areas affected by the curfew to ensure people don’t face any problems.
“We will hold a meeting with officials to discuss all aspects of the incident. If an officer has not shared the correct information with the government, then the officer will be removed from his post,” he said. declared.
Some of the local journalists who were also lightly injured by stone throwing and lathicharges also shared their plight.
Yadav said every aspect of the incident will be looked into and no culprit will be spared. Ministers and senior officers will stay in Jodhpur for two days.
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