Over 100 people were arrested in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur as communal tension mounted post clashes between two communities over the hoisting of a flag on Eid. The tense situation prompted authorities to impose curfew in 10 police station areas of Jodhpur, while mobile internet services were suspended on Tuesday.
Reacting to the communal tensions, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it is hoped that various communities will work together and the Indian government and security forces will ensure that everyone can go about their activities, including celebrations of the festival, peacefully.
The Union home ministry has been keeping a close watch on the situation. Sources told News18 that MHA officials spoke to senior government officers in Rajasthan. “The situation is under control. Sufficient force has been deployed. I appeal to people to maintain peace. Thirteen FIRs have been registered and we have arrested more than 100 people,” Navajyoti Gogoi Commissioner of Police, Jodhpur, said.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony. He also accused the BJP’s central leadership of trying to defame the state government.