Curfew in Raj town after attack on puja procession
Clash over DJ in UP, 24 booked Saharanpur clash leaves 6 injured
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.
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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.