Curfew clamped, internet shut down in Rajasthan’s Karauli after communal clashes

Curfew was clamped and internet services suspended in Rajasthan’s Karauli after violence broke out following stone-pelting at a religious procession taken out on Saturday.

Police presence has been stepped up in Rajasthan’s Karauli in the wake of communal clashes on Saturday (PTI photo used for representation)

Curfew was clamped and internet suspended in Rajasthan’s Karauli in the wake of communal clashes that broke out Saturday evening following stone-pelting at a religious procession to celebrate the Hindu New Year.

Around 42 people were reportedly injured when stones were pelted at a motorcycle rally passing through a Muslim-dominated area to mark Nav Samvatsar, spawning violence that saw shops and vehicles being set on fire. So far, 30 people have been detained Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Hawa Singh Ghumariya told PTI.

Most of those wounded in the clashes sustained minor injuries and were discharged after receiving first aid, while 10 were admitted to a local hospital. One person whose condition was said to be critical was referred to SMS hospital in Jaipur.

In light of the communal tension in Karauli, around 170 km from capital Jaipur, curfew has been imposed till Monday night. Internet services will remain suspended in the district till April 3 midnight.

Moreover, 600 policemen, including 50 officers of the ranks of deputy superintendent of police and inspector, have been deployed in Karauli.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has directed the police to nab the perpetrators at the earliest and take strict action against them.

“Some miscreants happen to be there…they can be in any religion and anywhere and they should be avoided because they are not harmed, common man is harmed. They are not hurt, common man is hurt,” Gehlot was quoted as saying by PTI.

On the other hand, BJP state president Satish Poonia claimed the attack on the bike rally was “planned” and blamed the incident on the Congress government for its policy of “appeasement”.

“Congress government’s appeasement policy is responsible for it. No arrest has been made so far. It was a planned attack on the bike rally which was organised on Hindu New Year,” Poonia alleged.

Following the incident, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra spoke with DGP ML Lather over the violence that erupted in Karauli. The Rajasthan Governor has appealed to the people to maintain peace in the state.

(With PTI inputs)

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