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Constable hailed for saving infant amid Karauli riots in Rajasthan

Praising Constable Netresh Sharma, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot announced his promotion but also drew flak from Twitter users for making a ridiculous assertion

People are hailing Constable Netresh Sharma of Rajasthan Police for saving an infant during communal riots in Karauli that broke out on Saturday. A picture of the constable holding the infant in his arms and running through narrow lanes of Karauli is being widely circulated on social media.

Sharing the image on Twitter, Shamli SSP Sukirti Madhav Mishra said, “So proud of constable Netresh Sharma of Rajasthan Police for saving a precious life. This picture is indeed worth a thousand words.”

The riots erupted when some Muslims pelted stones on a motorcycle rally nearing a in the city. The occasion for the bike rally was the Nav Samvatsar and Ram Navami.

Curfew continued today in Rajasthan’s Karauli. The police have arrested 46 anti-social elements and detained seven for interrogation.

Inspector-General of Police (IG) (Bharatpur Range) Prasanna Kumar Khamesra said post- in the Futa Kot area of the main market in Karauli that the police had acted promptly and arrested 46 people. The police have also detained seven people for interrogation and seized 21 vehicles.

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Praising the bravery of the constable, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot dialled the constable and announced his promotion as head constable.

In a surprise comment that reduced him to a laughing stock on social media, Gehlot also slammed the union government for the violence, asking it to take responsibility for Rajasthan’s law-and-order situation. The chief minister urged the prime minister to react to the gruesome incident as soon as possible. “Prime Minister Modi should take responsibility and condemn recent communal violence in Rajasthan. It’s his duty to maintain law and order. I urge him to address the issue soon.”

Law-and-order happens to be the responsibility of the respective states. Police forces of only union territories and Delhi report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

“It is everyone’s right to propagate the goodness of any religion. But the unrest spread by playing DJ, raising slogans in the procession, and anti-social elements sparked riots. In the process, innocent lives get trapped and those who are not involved in the riots die. To stop the violence and disturbance in the country, the central government should give a strong message,” he said.

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