The internet was shut down in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, on Wednesday, after Hindu groups called for a bandh in response to the death of a 20-year-old man, which occurred amid a spate of religious incidents in the state over the last month. The bandh has been backed by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Following the death of Adarsh Tapadia on Tuesday night over a quarrel involving his brother, additional police forces were deployed in the area.
According to Mahesh Khetani, a relative of Tapadia’s, the 20-year-old was attacked by seven to eight persons. “He was killed because of animosity.” We shall not transport his body for last rites until the culprits have been apprehended. The family is seeking compensation of Rs. 50 lakh.”
Tapadia’s family is asking compensation, according to BJP MP Vithal Shanker Avasthi, and that all suspects be apprehended first before they claim the body.
Last week, communal violence erupted in Jodhpur’s Jalori Gate over religious flags ahead of Eid celebrations. The situation was brought under control early Tuesday morning with significant police deployment, but tensions quickly escalated, prompting officials to ban internet access and impose a curfew.