In a development indicating that the Karauli riot happened in connivance with Rajasthan Police, a video of the incident that surfaced today suggests that the police let rioters escape. The cops in the video can be heard telling the mob to run away.
“Run, run, go away. It’s done,” Rajasthan Police personnel say in the video as rioters went berserk on the streets of Karauli.
Following the exposé, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla lashed out at the Indian National Congress (INC) saying that the party’s government in Rajasthan was hand-in-glove with the rioters.
“This exposé by TIMES NOW is the most clinching piece of evidence Congress is hand in glove with the rioters. Police were not just mute spectators, they were also the abetters of these riots,” he said.
INC politician Rashid Alvi hit back at the BJP, alleging the state opposition party’s involvement in the communal riot in the state. “Because the election is coming in Rajasthan, it is BJP that has created this situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, the curfew in Rajasthan’s Karauli has been extended till 7 April 7.
Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was imposed in the Karauli district on 2 April and the internet was shut down after stones were thrown during a procession celebrating the Vikram Samvat New Year 2079 that day.
Earlier, the police imposed a curfew in Karauli from 6:30 PM on April till 12 AM on 4 April.
The Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Bharatpur Range, Prasanna Kumar Khamesra said, “After stone pelting took place during the procession in Futa Kot area Main Bazaar Karauli on Saturday, the police acted promptly and arrested 46 people and detained seven people for interrogation.”
The Rajasthan government has deployed 1,500 police personnel in Karauli. Rajasthan Police has arrested 20 people so far, Karauli Superintendent of Police (SP) Shailendra Singh Indoliya said yesterday.
Thirty-three people have been arrested for allegedly breaching curfew.
An FIR dated 3 April — the day after the clash — is filed under several sections of the IPC: Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty); 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty); 307 (attempt to murder); 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings); 147 (rioting), 392 (robbery), 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others).