Waquar Hasan| Caravan Daily
JAIPUR – A delegation of Muslim organisations met Rajasthan’s Gangapur city police over communal clashes occurred during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad rally on 25 August in Sawai Madhopur district.
The delegation, consisting of various Muslim organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Association for Civil Rights Protection (APCR), All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) took up with the police arrest of innocent youths in connection with the communal clashes.
The clashes broke out when the rally, which was organised by the VHP to mark its foundation day, on a route that goes through a Muslim locality. Fortunately, the timely intervention of the police and imposition of Section 144 saved the situation. As a precaution, the administration suspended all internet services in the area.
The delegation called on additional superintendent of police (SP) of the Gangapur City Manish Tripathi and told him that those who were arrested in connection with the communal clashes are not real culprits.
Speaking to Caravan Daily after the meeting, Salman Rizvi, joint secretary of APCR’s Rajasthan chapter, said, “We spoke to the SP about the arrest of innocent people. He asked us to identify the innocent people arrested by the police and assured that he would ensure the release of all those who are not guilty of any crime. He confessed to some mistakes by the police.”
Rizvi, who was part of the delegation, said that most of the 12 people arrested by the police were innocent. Some of them had come there to attend a marriage ceremony while others were laborers working in hotels.
Speaking to the media about the communal incidents, Sawai Madhaipur SP Sudhi Chaudhry said, “When VHP workers raised slogans during a procession, counter slogans started coming from the Jama Masjid (nearby mosque). Soon, some members of the minority community even started pelting stones on the rally leading to a stampede-like situation. Police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the unruly mob which had vandalised six vehicles.”
However, Rizvi said that the real reason for the communal clash was the rally of the VHP which was raising the objectionable slogans to mock people when it was passing by the mosque. They were seen brandishing swords.
Rajasthan Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief Nazimuddin, who was also part of the delegation, said that this is the third or fourth communal incident to take place last month. Three incidents occurred in Jaipur. Communal clashes were reported on the day of Eid.
Nazimuddin confirmed receiving complaints about the innocent being arrested in the aftermath of those incidents as well during his visit the affected areas. Families of those arrested had met him to testify.
On August 11, 15 areas of Jaipur came under the grip of communal violence in which more than two dozen people were injured.