New clashes in Jodhpur on Eid, internet services jammed

3 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

Clashes erupted in Jodhpur's Jalori Gate area after both communities disagreed about raising religious flags.

According to police, new clashes erupted between two communities in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Tuesday, following the previous night’s violence over a dispute involving flags in the Jalori Gate area ahead of Eid.

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On Tuesday, stone-throwing and other forms of violence were reported in five areas before police used force to bring the situation under control. However, the situation in the areas remains tense.

Internet services have been suspended in Jodhpur to prevent rumours from spreading, and the Eid namaz has been offered under police protection.

In Jodhpur, a three-day Parshuram Jayanti festival is also underway, and religious flags raised by both communities sparked a major argument that escalated into clashes.

On Monday night, police used tear gas shells and sticks to disperse the crowd, which also attacked the local police station. In the early hours of Tuesday, at least four police officers were injured as a result of stone-pelting.

“The stone-throwing injured four police officers. To keep the situation under control, a large police force was deployed in the area “According to a police official in the control room.

Jodhpur Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot appealed to the people to keep the peace. To discuss the situation, he convened a high-level meeting.

“While respecting the Jodhpur, Marwar tradition of love and brotherhood, I make a heartfelt appeal to all parties to maintain peace and cooperate in restoring law and order,” he said.

The clashes are the latest in a wave of communal violence and tension across the country, which has been fueled in part by hateful speeches from religious and political leaders.

Such clashes have occurred in at least five states in recent weeks, including Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and West Bengal, as India observed Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, and Ramadan.

The opposition, civil society, and activists have criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the growing strife, as well as the government’s efforts to quell it.