Clashes In Rajasthan’s Jodhpur Ahead Of Eid, Internet Suspended

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The situation in Jodhpur remains tense.


Clashes erupted between two communities in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Monday night, ahead of Eid, after a dispute over raising flags in the Jalori Gate area, the police said.

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Internet services have been suspended in Jodhpur to stop people from spreading rumours, and the namaz for Eid was offered under police protection.

A three-day Parshuram Jayanti festival is also underway in Jodhpur, and religious flags put up by both communities led to a major argument that spiralled into clashes.

Policemen fired tear-gas shells and used sticks to disperse the crowd, which also attacked the local police post.

Stone-throwing left at least four policemen injured in the early hours of Tuesday, news agency PTI reported.

“Four policemen were injured in the stone-pelting. A heavy police force was deployed in the area to control the situation,” an official in the police control room told the agency.

The situation in remains tense. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who belongs to Jodhpur, appealed to the people to maintain peace.

“While respecting the tradition of love and brotherhood of Jodhpur, Marwar, I make a touching appeal to all the parties to maintain peace and cooperate in restoring law and order,” he said in a tweet.

Mr Gehlot said he has instructed the administration to maintain peace and order.

The clashes are the latest in a surge of communal violence and tension around the country, fanned in no small part by hate-filled speeches by religious and political leaders.

The last few weeks have seen such clashes in at least five states – Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and West Bengal – as India observed Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti and Ramadan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the growing strife and the government’s efforts in controlling the discord have come under criticism from the opposition, the civil society and activists.


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