Jodhpur, May 4
As many as 97 people have been arrested so far in connection with communal clashes over hoisting of a flag before Eid here in Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s constituency, where curfew continued in 10 police station areas for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.
The situation is under control and no fresh incident of violence has been reported, police said.Nearly 1000 policemen have been deployed to maintain law and order. The Jodhpur deputy commissioner of police had issued orders imposing a curfew besides suspending mobile internet services. Gehlot, who on Tuesday appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony, has sent two ministers Rajendra Yadav and Subhash Garg, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Abhay Kumar and Additional Director General, Law and Order, Hawa Singh Ghumaria to Jodhpur. Tensions broke out past Monday midnight over putting up of Islamic flags on the Jalori Gate circle here, which led to stone pelting in which five policemen were injured. The situation was brought under control in the early hours on Tuesday with heavy deployment of police but tensions escalated again in the morning after prayers at an Eidgah. Shops, vehicles and houses were pelted with stones near the Jalori Gate area. Members of a minority community were installing Eid flags and they put up a flag on a roundabout alongside the statue of freedom fighter Balmukund Bissa.