Communal Tensions, Stone-Pelting In Early Hours Of Eid

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  • A dispute started over the removal of the Hindu flag and installation of a Muslim flag.
  • Slogans were also raised against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
  • Stones were pelted from both sides, vehicles were damaged.

Jodhpur: Communal tension broke out in the Jalori Gate area in Jodhpur, which led to stone pelting, leaving at least four policemen injured in the early hours of Tuesday. The police lobbed tear gas shells to control the situation hours before Eid in the hometown of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who appealed to the people to maintain peace. The two sides clashed with each other over installing a religious flag in connection with Eid, police said.

Jodhpur district administration has temporarily suspended internet services in the district on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after clashes on Monday night, ahead of Eid ul-Fitr and the Akshaya Tritiya festivals today. 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.

As per reports, people of one community started raising slogans after a flag was put up on the statue of freedom fighter Bal Mukund Bissa and a banner related to Eid was strung up on the circle at Jalori. The demonstrators removed the flag and banner, causing uproar. The members of the other community got angry and clashes broke out between the two groups. Stones were pelted from both sides, vehicles were damaged, and the crowd even took down the loudspeaker.

“While respecting the tradition of love and brotherhood of Jodhpur, Marwar, I make a touching appeal to all the parties to maintain peace and cooperate in restoring law and order,” he said in a tweet. Gehlot said he has instructed the administration to maintain peace and order.

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