Communal Violence Erupts in Rajasthan’s Baran; Dozens of Shops, Vehicles Torched

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A photo of violence-affected areas

Clarion India

JAIPUR – Communal violence erupted on Sunday, forcing authorities to clamp curfew and suspend internet after two youths were stabbed in Chhabra town of Baran district. Dozens of vehicles and shops were torched and vandalised by mobs.

Police used tear gas to disperse the violent crowds but members of two communities, armed with sticks, iron rods and weapons, continued the rampage late in the evening, even setting ablaze a fire tender and damaging public property including police and government vehicles.

“The situation is very tense. Violence by the mobs has been continuing and we are trying to control the situation,” Superintendent of Police, Baran Vineet Bansal was quoted by Telegraph India as saying.

Officials did not say anything about casualties.

Officials said additional forces have been called in and senior officials including Kota range DIG Ravi Gour have rushed to the area.

According to media reports, two youths of the Gujjar community identified as Kamal Gurjar (32) Dhakad (21) were injured in an attack by 4-5 youths of another community at Dharnawada circle on Saturday evening.

The youths were admitted to a hospital. The families of the injured and community members staged a dharna at Dharnawada circle on Saturday night demanding immediate arrest of the five accused.

While the police nabbed three of the accused late Saturday night, the key accused was not arrested. The group resumed their protest on Sunday morning and called for a closure of shops.

Violence erupted when a group was marching through markets asking traders to close shops in Aliganj and Ajaj Nagar, and soon spread to other areas.

Around 10-12 shops in Dharnawda Circle, Station Road, Ajaj Nagar and Aliganj area were set ablaze and a fire tender was torched along with a private passenger bus, cars and other vehicles in the evening, the sources said.

Baran District Collector ordered a curfew in the municipal periphery of Chhabra town from 4 PM on Sunday.

Internet has been suspended in the district till 4 PM on April 13, officials said.

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