A clash between two communities that broke out on Eid in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur resulted in a curfew and internet shutdown. Ninety-seven people were arrested after communal tensions heightened in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, hours before Eid on Tuesday. Authorities have also suspended mobile internet services and imposed a curfew in areas that come under the jurisdiction of 10 police stations across the city. Two communities clashed late Monday night over the hoisting of a flag on Eid. The 2-3 injured people are undergoing treatment in the hospital while 12- 15 others have been discharged.
Jodhpur is the hometown of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who appealed to the public to maintain peace and chaired a high-level meeting after cancelling events planned for his birthday Tuesday. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the BJP of engineering the violence. Police said 97 people have been arrested so far in connection with the clashes.
राजस्थान में सभी समाज और धर्मों के लोग सभी त्योहारों को प्रेम और भाईचारे से मनाते आए हैं और विशेषकर जोधपुर अपनी अपनायत के लिए जाना जाता है। यह परंपरा बनी रहनी चाहिए।— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 3, 2022
मेरी आमजन से शांति बनाए रखने की अपील है।
At midnight on Monday, May 2, a clash broke out over the hoisting of a flag on the statue of a freedom fighter, Balmukund Bissa, near the city’s Jalori Gate. Another flag installed at the statue ahead of Parshuram Jayanti was reported as having gone missing. The situation was brought under control in the early hours of Tuesday. Police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Five policemen were injured, the police control room said. However, fresh clashes began after prayers at an Eidgah. Curfew was imposed after fresh clashes took place between police and members of the Muslim community Tuesday morning. Udai Mandir, Nagori Gate, Khanda Phalsa, Pratap Nagar, Dev Nagar, Soor Sagar, and Sardarpura are among the areas where curfew has been imposed.
मुख्यमंत्री कार्यालय पर जोधपुर में हुई घटना की उच्च स्तरीय समीक्षा करते हुए पुलिस और प्रशासन को शांति व्यवस्था बनाए रखने की दिशा में आवश्यक कदम उठाने के निर्देश दिए।— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 3, 2022
Shops, vehicles, and houses were pelted with stones near the Jalori gate area. The trouble started over putting up of Eid flags. With a three-day Parshuram Jayanti festival in progress in Jodhpur, there were allegations that the flags were removed to make way for Eid flags. Gehlot in a tweet urged people to maintain peace and called the incident unfortunate in a series of tweets. The chief minister said leaders of all political parties should ask their workers to maintain peace and they all should remain united. The CM directed officials to take stern action against those responsible for it.