Jaipur: Indefinite curfew was imposed in Asind and Gulabpura towns of Bhilwara district on Friday, after two communities clashed over the route of a religious procession. The mob went on rampage setting shops on fire after looting them, but no casualty was reported.
“Clashes broke out between two groups during a religious procession following which curfew was imposed in Gulabpura and Asind,” district collector Onkar Singh said.
The situation in both the towns was tense for the last few days following objection of one group against taking out of a procession by the other, he said. “Prohibitory orders were imposed last night, but when the situation turned violent, curfew was clamped,” he added.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot called a high-level meeting to review the situation and sent ADG Alok Tripathi, DIG Ravikant Mittal and Vipin Pande to the spot. Gehlot has appealed for maintaining peace and harmony.
Taking precautionary measures the police have rounded up some people. The government has also assured of strict action against miscreants involved in loot and arson.
According to district administration, the stalemate over procession route had been resolved following three days negotiations. However, this morning some people from one community became adamant for not allowing procession in front of their worship places. Angered by this backtracking from previous night’s agreement, the other community too came out on streets. Fearing that situation might go out of control, the police lathi charged to disperse the crowd. Meanwhile, people started pelting stones. Police also resorted to tear gas and additional force was sent from Bhilwara, however, after a while, the district administration imposed curfew in communally tense Asind and Gulabpura.