Communal Tension in Rajasthan’s Tonk after Kanwariyas attacked, Curfew imposed

Jaipur/Tonk (Rajasthan), Aug 25: Communal Tension is prevailing in Malpura town in Rajasthan’s tonk district as fresh incidents of violence erupted after 14 Kanwariyas were injured in a mob attack when they were taking a procession  through a minority area when both sides clashed and indulged in violence, arson, and damage of public property.

Fresh incidents of violence occurred when police prevented Hindu organisations from taking out a rally through the tension hit areas amidst the prevailing prohibitory orders which were promulgated under Section 144 of CrPC after the violence on Thursday afternoon in. The area has been on the boil after 14 Kanwariyas were injured in an attack on Thursday,

The administration on Friday imposed curfew and suspended internet services in the area, an official said.

More than four shops were torched by the mob which also vandalised a police vehicle

Tonk Superintendent of Police Yogesh Dadheech said instructions have been issued to act tough against the miscreants.

“Section 144 has been imposed in the town and internet services have been suspended till normalcy returns in the district,” he said.

According to official sources, some miscreants in Malpura area of the district pelted stones at Kanwariyas, in which 16 of them reportedly received injuries.

To avenge the act, some supporters of Kanwariyas came together on Friday which created tensions between the two groups. The crowd torched a car and a bus.

The police had to resort to lathi charge and fire teargas shells to control the situation, a police control room official said.

The administration has appealed to the people to stay indoors and a huge posse of police personnel has been deployed in the town.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also appealed to the people to remain calm and guard against rumours.

Gehlot tweeted: “Reports of unrest in #Malpura, #Tonk are worrisome n unfortunate. Immediate steps must be taken to control the situation n restore normalcy. I appeal to all to maintain peace and harmony and not to pay heed to rumours. Violence has no place in democracy. #Rajasthan”

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