Tense Jodhpur amid fresh clashes on Eid, Akshaya Tritiya
Jodhpur city of Rajasthan saw a rather tense Tuesday despite festivals of Eid and Akshaya Tritiya. The clashes between two communities erupted on Tuesday over issue of hoisting and removing a flag on a freedom fighter’s statue in Jodhpur’s Jalori Gate area late on Monday night.
Few hours into Tuesday, the issue quickly escalated resulting into stone pelting and injuring of few policemen. After Tuesday morning prayers, the clashes again broke out in the area.
Dinesh Lakhawat, station house officer (SHO) of Sardarpura police station has said that the situation is under control now.
Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot has appealed to the people to keep calm and help maintain law and order in the city through a tweet from official twitter account.
जोधपुर, मारवाड़ की प्रेम एवं भाईचारे की परंपरा का सम्मान करते हुए मैं सभी पक्षों से मार्मिक अपील करता हूं कि शांति बनाए रखें एवं कानून-व्यवस्था बनाने में सहयोग करें।— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 3, 2022
Internet services suspended in the district
On Monday night, police forces had to resort to firing of tear gas and lathi charge as the clashes first happened. Internet services too had to be suspended in the district to take control of law and order.
Police said that clashes erupted on Monday night over flags that were put on occasion of Parshuram Jayanti/ Akshaya Tritiya which is on same day as Eid. “There were flags of Lord Parashuram near the area where namaaz is offered. There was a dispute about removing the flags as the local Muslim community puts up a flag on the occasion of Eid,” said Additional Director General (Law and Order) Hawa Singh Ghumaria.
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