As seen in Islamic countries like Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, etc where Muslims are an overwhelming majority, but finding no other community to target, they clash with one another, clashes broke out between two groups of Muslims who were celebrating Eid at Nagaur in Rajasthan, a state that has been witnessing communal clashes since Ram Navami last month.
The two groups got into an argument while celebrating Eid, which soon escalated to stone-pelting. The police reached the area and attempted to restore normalcy and prevent further escalation with the help of locals.
The Nagaur violence comes within hours of clashes over loudspeakers at mosques being reported from Jodhpur, about 150 km away.
Muslims remove flag that marked Parashuram Jayanti
In Jodhpur, Muslims and Hindus threw stones at one another and set motorcycles on fire as the police scrambled to contain the situation. Prohibitive orders have been imposed in the area.
At least 16 people, including four policemen, were injured in violent clashes between two communities at the Jalori gate area of Jodhpur late last night. The problem started when Muslims put up a flag on a roundabout alongside the statue of freedom fighter Balmukund Bissa. This led to a confrontation as some people alleged that a saffron flag, which they had put up at the same roundabout ahead of Parashuram Jayanti, had gone missing.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot described the Jodhpur situation as unfortunate and directed officials to take stern action against those responsible for it. A criminal, irrespective of his religion, caste or class, must not be spared, the chief minister told officials while addressing a high-level meeting at the Chief Minister’s Office.
‘Law and order situation is in disarray in Rajasthan’
Union minister and Jodhpur MP Gajendra S Shekhawat said that the law and order situation in the city was in disarray. Shekhawat accused the police of not taking any pre-emptive steps to prevent the violence. “What happened at the time of morning namaz that immediately afterwards cars were vandalised, houses were pelted with stones, women were insulted in Jodhpur?” he asked.
“We have warned the administration that if no action is taken in this incident, then, we will hold a massive protest at Jalori Gate in Jodhpur,” the union minister said.
Curfew imposed in 10 police stations area in Jodhpur
Curfew was imposed in 10 police stations of Jodhpur city on Tuesday after communal tension broke out. Udai Mandir, Nagori Gate, Khanda Phalsa, Pratap Nagar, Dev Nagar, Soor Sagar and Sardarpura are among the police station limits where the curfew has been imposed until 4 May at midnight, according to the police control room.
CM Gehlot chairs high-level meeting
Chief Minister Gehlot chaired a high-level review meeting in this connection and gave necessary directions. He directed Rajasthan Minister of State for Home Rajendra Yadav, Minister in charge of Jodhpur Subhash Garg, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Abhay Kumar and Additional DG (Law and Order) Hawa Singh Ghumaria to travel to Jodhpur by helicopter.
Internet services suspended
Jodhpur district administration temporarily suspended internet services in the district on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. According to an order issued by Jodhpur Divisional Commissioner Himanshu Gupta, all internet services have been suspended in Jodhpur beginning from 1 am today.
All 2G/3G/4G/ data (mobile internet), bulk SMS/MMS/Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media services through Internet service providers (except voice calls, broadband Internet, leased lines have been temporarily suspended till further orders in the entire Jodhpur district, read the order.
CM appeals for calm
Calling the Jodhpur clashes between two groups “unfortunate”, Gehlot instructed the district administration to maintain law and order situation at all costs while also appealing to the people to maintain peace and harmony. “It is an unfortunate incident that a tense atmosphere has prevailed due to the clashes between the two groups at Jalori gate in Jodhpur. The administration has been instructed to maintain peace and order at all costs,” the chief minister tweeted. He further called upon the people to help in maintaining the law and order situation in line with the “Jodhpur’s tradition of love and brotherhood”.