Cur­few in Raj town af­ter at­tack on puja pro­ces­sion

Clash over DJ in UP, 24 booked Sa­ha­ran­pur clash leaves 6 in­jured

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Jaipur: Cur­few was im­posed and mo­bile in­ter­net ser­vices were sus­pended in Malpura town of Tonk dis­trict in Ra­jasthan on Wed­nes­day morn­ing fol­low­ing clashes that erupted dur­ing a Dussehra pro­ces­sion a day ear­lier.

“Cur­few has been en­forced in the town to con­tain sim­mer­ing ten­sions in the area,” said Ad­di­tional SP (Tonk) Gord­han Lal Sonkaria.

On Tues­day evening, some uniden­ti­fied mis­cre­ants pelted stones at a Vi­jayadashmi pro­ces­sion in the town, trig­ger­ing van­dal­ism and ar­son. Lo­cals staged a sitin out­side the Malpura po­lice sta­tion and re­fused to burn the ef­fi­gies of Ra­van till their de­mand for im­me­di­ate ar­rest of the mis­cre­ants was met. Po­lice sub­se­quently de­tained two per­sons but the ac­tion did not pacify the pro­test­ers.

The sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ued to worsen, fol­low­ing which ad­di­tional pla­toons of RaTwo

com­mu­ni­ties clashed over play­ing of DJ dur­ing an idol im­mer­sion rit­ual on Dussehra in the Pach­ped­hva area of Bal­ram­pur on Tues­day. Both the sides in­dulged in stone pelt­ing and six peo­ple were in­jured in the clash, he said. “A case has been reg­is­tered against 24 peo­ple, of which eight have been ar­rested,” SP Dev Ran­jan Verma said. Four teams have been formed to ar­rest the oth­ers, he said.

jasthan Armed Con­stab­u­lary (RAC) were de­ployed to re­store law and or­der. See­ing no end to the stale­mate, the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion on Wed­nes­day early morn­ing burnt the ef­fi­gies of Ra­van and im­posed cur­few to avert fur­ther es­ca­la­tion.

The lat­est flare-up also showed the Tonk po­lice in poor light for their fail­ure to make ad­e­quate se­cu­rity arAt least six per­sons were in­jured when two groups from dif­fer­ent faiths at­tacked each other with stones near Sa­ha­ran­pur’s Be­hat bus stand. Heavy po­lice force was rushed to the area and the sit­u­a­tion was brought un­der control by Tues­day night, an of­fi­cer said. As many as 50 peo­ple from both the sides were booked. SSP Di­nesh Ku­mar P said, “It was a mat­ter be­tween in­di­vid­u­als which was given com­mu­nal colour.”

range­ments in the town, which is long prone to com­mu­nal ten­sion and clashes.

Talk­ing to TOI, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the po­lice HQ claimed that enough forces were avail­able for the festive season. “The dis­cre­tion for call­ing ad­di­tional forces lies with the dis­trict po­lice. We would have pro­vided more forces if they had sent req­ui­si­tion,” the of­fi­cial said.

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