As many as 211 persons have been arrested with regards to the Jodhpur communal violence that broke out on May 3, Director General of Police M.L. Lather said here on Thursday.
The situation is under control and the police is taking all possible measures to maintain peace and order in the city, he said, Peace committee meetings are also being organised to create goodwill among the people.
Of the 211 held so far, 191 have been arrested under section 151 and 20 under other sections. Also, 19 FIRs have been registered — four by police and 15 by the general public.
According to the DGP, the general public has been appealed to maintain peace, not to believe in rumours and to immediately inform the local police officials about the rumours, he said.
Meanwhile, the state government has extended the curfew imposed in ten police stations of city till May 6 midnight. Internet services shall also remain suspended till further orders, officials said. The curfew has been extended as a precautionary measure, said the DGP, adding that students who need to take exams, are being allowed.
On Wednesday, the Commissionerate Court remained open till midnight and granted bail to 60 people. A meeting of two communities was called during which both the communities agreed to maintain peace.
In the meeting, BJP MLA Suryakanta Vyas demanded release of innocent people and arrest of the accused. She boycotted the meeting and warned of ‘dharna’ and fasting.
However, after the administration assured to release innocent people, the BJP cancelled the ‘dharna’ and fasting programme which was to start from Thursday.
Mobile internet suspended in Bhilwara as masked men attack 2, set bike ablaze
Mobile internet services were suspended for 24 hours in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district on Thursday after unidentified masked men thrashed two people and set a bike on fire, an official said.
The incident happened in the Karbala road area of Sanganer on Wednesday night, police said.
Two people were having their food when the unidentified masked men attacked them and also set a bike on fire, they said.
Based on a report submitted by Bhilwara District Collector Ashish Modi, the Ajmer divisional commissioner ordered the suspension of mobile Internet services from 4 am on Thursday till 4 am on Friday to maintain law and order.
“The situation is completely under control. The injured are stable. CCTV footage of nearby areas are being scanned to nab the accused. I appeal to people not to pay heed to rumours and maintain peace and harmony,” the Bhilwara district collector said. He said that police and administration are on alert to tackle the situation.
The incident occurred days after Jodhpur witnessed communal clashes ahead of Eid celebrations and is under curfew till Friday midnight.
Bhilwara Superintendent of Police Adarsh Sidhu said the accused had come on three to four bikes.
An additional force has been deployed to maintain peace, he said and appealed to the people to cooperate with the police and the administration.