The Eidul Fitr festival in the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, has been damaged by a community clash over the hoisting of a ‘religious flag’.
According to Indian publications scroll.inNew clashes first broke out on Monday night as “members of the Hindu and Muslim communities threw stones at each other over the issue of hoisting religious flags in the Jalori Gate area”.
that much report Additional Director of Police Hawa Singh Ghumaria said the incident took place around 11pm.
“There was a flag of [Hindu deity] Parashuram near the area where namaz is served,” said Ghumaria. “When the local Muslim community hoisted the flag, controversy arose about the removal of the flag. [every year] With Id as an opportunity.”
Gumaria added that police did not allow the mobs to gather because there is a mosque near the Jalori Gate. “But while they scatter [the mob]There was a lot of tension and the stones bounced.”
According to the Indian news agency animationThe loudspeaker installed at the Eid prayer site was also demolished due to violence.
At least five police officers were injured in the incident, according to reports by Indian media.
Another clash broke out between the two communities in Jodhpur on Tuesday morning following an Eid prayer “after some people threw stones near the Jalori Gate”. scroll.in The report said.
According to The QuintThe mob also smashed the windows of several vehicles, and vandalism was also reported at several ATMs.
As a result of the clashes, curfews were imposed in various parts of the city, and the ward office suspended internet service at 1 am on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot called the clash “unfortunate” and said the administration was instructed to maintain peace and order “at all costs”.
The Prime Minister said on Twitter: “We are a moving call to all parties to cooperate in maintaining peace and creating law and order, while respecting Marwar Jodhpur’s tradition of love and brotherhood.”
According to scroll.inPrime Minister “visited Jodhpur to understand the situation with State Interior Minister Rajendra Yadav, Minister Jodhpur Subhash Garg, Additional Chief Secretary Abhay Kumar and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Hawa Singh Ghumaria”
This episode is the latest in a series of mass clashes in India in recent weeks.
Earlier on 16 April, six police officers and several others were injured in a violent gang clash that disrupted a march at a festival in Jahangirpuri, a suburb of New Delhi. Indian police have arrested 14 people in connection with the clash.
Joint clashes occurred after stones collided at a motorcycle rally to celebrate the Hindu New Year in Rajasthan’s Karauli district on April 2nd. Authorities imposed curfews, shut down the internet and deployed 600 police officers.
About 35 people were injured in the violence, 46 were initially detained for questioning by the police, and 13 cases were registered. According to Indian media, houses and shops were set on fire during the episode. However, the report did not specify to whom the property belonged and the number of properties damaged.
Pakistan denounced “the senseless destruction and burning of more than 40 Muslim communities” by “Hindu fanatics” during the clash.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party has in recent years emboldened hard-line Hindu religious groups to defend their faith.