Tight curfew, mobile internet services interrupted; CM Gehlot appeals for peace

Jaipur/Karauli | Jagran Press Office: Stressing that the rule of law will be upheld in the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday warned that those involved in inciting the riots would not be spared, adding that his government would take strict action against these people.

“I have spoken to the DG police. The police and the administration are present there. I call on the public to keep the peace and to stay away from the disbelievers who are present in all religions” , he told the ANI news agency.

Gehlot’s statement comes after communal clashes erupted in Karauli in which 35 people were injured. The clashes, according to the PTI news agency, erupted after stones were thrown at a rally of motorbikes held to celebrate the Hindu New Year – Nav Samvatsar.

The gathering was passing through a Muslim-dominated area in Karauli – 170 km from Jaipur – when stones were thrown at it. This led to clashes between two groups following which several shops and a bicycle were set on fire.

In a statement, Rajasthan police said of the 35 injured, nine are being admitted to Karauli district hospital, one in Jaipur, while others have been discharged.

He also said a curfew had been imposed and mobile internet services had been disrupted, but stressed that the situation was under control.

The police further said that 600 police officers, including 50 officers from the ranks of police deputy and inspector, are deployed in Karauli to maintain peace and order.

36 people have been arrested, said Rajasthan’s Additional Director General of Police (ADG) (Law and Order), Hawa Singh Ghumaria.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chairman Satish Poonia had held the Congress government responsible for the incident.

“The Congress government’s policy of appeasement is responsible for this. No arrests have been made so far. It was a planned attack on the cycle rally which was being held on Hindu New Year’s Day,” Poonia alleged.

Former Chief Minister and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje also condemned the incident and said the “hate mentality” could not flourish in Rajasthan.

With contributions from agencies

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