After Jodhpur, internet suspended in Bhilwara over a fresh attack, bike set ablaze
After Jodhpur’s communal clash during Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan also registered a case of violence. According to a report, the incident took place in the Sanganer area of Bhilwara last night. In this incident, two people were attacked when they were having food. Their bike was also set on fire. The attackers also raised slogans. District collector of Bhilwara, Ashish Modi, said that they are investigating the matter. The district administration official informed that one person has received very minor injuries while the other suffered minor head injuries and is in a stable condition.
A large crowd was gathered in the area demanding the arrest of the attackers. In view of the stressed situation over there, police forces are deployed in the area. Special Police Force are patrolling the streets. The District collector also requested people not to pay heed to the rumours and to maintain peace in the area. CCTV footage is also being investigated. The Bhilwara DC also said that in the wake of violence the internet services have been suspended in the city for 24 hours. Police consider it to be a case of old enmity between the parties. All aspects are being examined.
The incident comes at a time when the state, Rajasthan, is already dealing with a series of communal tensions. Just days before, Jodhpur witnessed clashes between two groups of different communities on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. Till now, as many as 141 people have been arrested for disturbing the peace in the area. Nine policemen were also injured in the Jodhpur violence.
Nearly 1000 personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order. 12 FIRs have also been registered for the same, four by the policemen and eight by the people. Earlier, the authorities issued orders imposing a curfew till May 4 besides suspending internet services.
Tensions broke out over putting up Islamic flags on the Jalori gate circle, which led to stone-pelting. The situation was gradually brought under control with the heavy deployment of police. Tensions escalated again after morning prayers at an Eidgah which lies close to the Jalori gate circle.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condemned the recent communal clashes in the state and said, “politics is going in the name of case and religion.” He further accused the BJP and RSS of “planning to instigate riots” in Jodhpur and Karauli. “In Rajgarh, where they have their own board, we took timely action. There were small incidents and we managed to control it and made arrests. We have decided that at any cost there will be no violence in Rajasthan,” he said.