Communal tensions erupted in Jodhpur just hours before Eid, resulting in stone-pelting. Officials stated five police officers were injured in the incident, which occurred after midnight.
With significant police deployment, the situation was kept under control, but tensions re-emerged after the Eid Namaz on 3rd May morning, when some people threw stones at the Jalori Gate here. According to them, a few automobiles were damaged.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hails from Jodhpur, and he has appealed to the people to maintain peace and unity.
EID Flags were put next to the freedom hero
Minority community members were putting up Eid flags, including one on a roundabout next to the statue of independence warrior Balmukund Bissa.
This led to a confrontation as the other community alleged that a saffron flag they had put up there ahead of Parshuram Jayanti, had gone missing.
According to officials, the situation escalated into stone-pelting and fights.
According to the police control room, officers raced to the scene to calm the situation, which resulted in the injuries of five officers.
To disperse the mob, authorities had to use tear gas rounds. Officials reported that mobile internet services in the vicinity had been suspended to prevent the spread of rumors.
Gehlot issued a statement on Twitter, urging people to keep the peace and calling the incident regrettable.
“I make a poignant appeal to all parties to maintain peace and collaborate in restoring law and order,” he stated, “while maintaining the tradition of love and brotherhood of Jodhpur, Marwar.”
The administration has been given instructions to maintain peace and order, according to the chief minister.
Moreover, Suryakanta Vyas, a BJP MLA from Jodhpur, objected to the Eid flag being placed next to the statue of the freedom hero.
“They did (put up the flag) at (the statue of) Bissa Ji and we have a strong objection to this. We will not forget this,” Vyas, along with her supporters, said.
“Putting an Islamic flag on the statue of freedom fighter Balmukund Bissa by anti-social forces and removing the saffron flag put up on Parshuram Jayanti is condemnable,” BJP state president Satish Poonia said.
He urged people to keep the peace and demanded that the state administration create a “rule of law.”
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