Communal Clash in Jaipur, Mobile Internet Suspended

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Security beefed up after a communal clash erupted between two communities in Jaipur at Eidgah road. — IANS

There were reports of fresh unrest at the Rawalji Square and Badanpura. On Tuesday, stones were thrown at a religious place in Galta gate.

JAIPUR (Agencies) — Twenty-four people, including nine policemen, were injured when members of two communities pelted stones at each other believing a rumour in Jaipur, prompting authorities to use teargas to disperse the mob, police said on Tuesday.

Following the communal tension, mobile internet services in 10 police station areas have been suspended till Wednesday night and five people have been arrested, they said.

“The accused have been booked for obstructing public servants in discharge of functions, blocking national highway and attacking police,” said Additional Commissioner of Police(Second) Ajaypal Lamba.

There are prohibitory orders in place in various areas of the Rajasthan capital following a spate of communal clashes over the last two days, in which some 10 people were injured. Tear gas shells were used to quell the mob and five persons were arrested, police said.

Section 144 of the CrPC that stops the assemble of more than five persons was imposed in areas under the jurisdiction of 15 police station late on Tuesday night.

Internet services were already suspended following the communal unrest late on Monday. The restriction were expected to continue on Wednesday until further orders, an official said.

After the Monday’s clash fresh clashes had again erupted on Tuesday around 11 p.m. There were reports of stone pelting that damaged 30 vehicles and injured 10 people.

The violence on Monday night broke out after members of the minority community blocked the Delhi highway in front of an Eidgah near Galta Gate and pelted stones on a Haridwar-bound bus, leaving some passengers injured, according to police.

Members of both the communities clashed and when policemen reached the spot, they were also attacked. Window panes of at least five cars were damaged and a two-wheeler was torched, police said.

There were reports of fresh unrest at the Rawalji Square and Badanpura. On Tuesday, stones were thrown at a religious place in Galta gate.

Additional Police Commissioner (First) Santosh Chalke said they have identified three people who were spreading rumour on social media that people were being forced to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’, but no such incident happened.

Others involved in spreading the rumour are being pursued, he said.

Police held a flag march through the affected areas and also held a peace LD dialogue with people from both the communities.

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