Jaipur, Mar 31: Communal clashes erupted in Jaithran city of Rajasthan during Hanuman Jayanti procession on Saturday afternoon. As per an NDTV report, a procession was passing through a minority-populated area when a stone was allegedly thrown at it. Before long, stone-pelting began from both sides. Restrictions had to be imposed in the city just 250 kms from the state capital.
“Police had to resort to force and firing of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd,” Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, NRK Reddy, is reported to have said. Even as police took control of the situation, Reddy said, the crowd set a bus and a tractor afire. He said the administration was keeping a close watch on the situation and police force was camping in Jaithran. More details are awaited.
Meanwhile, Centre has formed a four-member team to probe the Ram Navami clashes in Asansol, West Bengal. State Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi also visited the trouble-torn district on Saturday. Clashes between two communities on March 26 had left one person dead and a police personnel losing a hand. Later, three more deaths were reported from Asansol. A local Imam, who lost his son in the aftermath of the Sunday clash, appealed to the people to keep the faith and not resort to violence. In an impassioned appeal on Zee, Maulana Imdadul Rashidi said that he had served the mosque for 30 years and if the people had any respect for him, they would help in maintaining peace and harmony or he would leave the mosque and the city. Rashidi’s 16-year-old son Sibtulla went missing right after Sunday’s clash and his body wasn’t found till late Wednesday.