Internet suspended in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara after man stabbed to death

Authorities in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district suspended internet services for 24 hours after the stabbing of one Adarsh Tapdiya — which police said was due to personal enmity — sparked communal tension.

Bhilwara SP Adarsh Sidhu said Tapdiya, who is aged around 19, was killed late Tuesday by three teenaged minors, all of whom have been detained.

“The victim’s family have lodged an FIR, wherein they have named some more persons. Investigation is on and whoever else is involved will be caught at the earliest,” he said.

District Collector Ashish Modi said it seemed to be a case of personal enmity.

Sidhu said: “There were heated arguments between the two sides about three days ago. Yesterday, too, they crossed paths and there was an argument again, followed by the stabbing of the youth.”

According to officials, all three minors detained over Tapdiya’s murder belong to a different community.

After the murder, BJP as well as several right-wing organisations — including Bajrang Dal, VHP and Hindu Jagran Manch — called a bandh in the district and held a joint protest Wednesday demanding Rs 50 lakh compensation for the victim’s family, a job for one family member, and the harshest punishment for the guilty.

Meanwhile, at a meeting at his residence Wednesday to review law and order, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said “instructions have been given for special vigil in communally sensitive areas and for taking strict and fair action against anti-social elements”.

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