Section 144 was imposed by the Rajasthan Government in Karauli city on Saturday after communal clashes broke out after stones were pelted at a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate the Hindu New Year. A motorcycle rally was passing through a Muslim dominated area on the the occasion of Nav Samvatsar, the first day of the new year under the Hindu calendar.
Section 144 has been imposed in Karauli from 6:30 pm today and will remain in effect till 12 am on April 4. All the internet services of the city has been shut down and will resume after 12 am, April 3.
According to the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Hawa Singh Ghumariya, over 25 people were injured in the stone pelting, leading to communal clashes, while 30 people were detained. He added that the situation is under control.
“Many of the injured were discharged after primary treatment while around 10 were admitted to a local hospital and one was referred to SMS hospital in Jaipur in critical condition.”ADJ Hawa Singh Ghumariya
Governor Kalraj Mishra and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot spoke to the Director General of Police (DGP) ML Lather about the situation and appealed to the public to maintain peace.
The police said that over 600 policemen, including 50 officers of the ranks of deputy superintendent of police and inspector, have been deployed and three IPS officers have been sent from Jaipur to Karauli.
ADG Ghumariya added that some of the shops were also set on fire.
“A 100% curfew imposed in Karauli and directions are that violators must not be spared. ADG and DIG from the police HQs have been sent. A big number of DySP also sent. Currently the situation is under control, a few shops were set afire which are being brought under control. The fire is being extinguished and appeal is being made to all to maintain peace.”
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot directed the DGP to take strict action against the culprits.
He further added that Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh and all the other communities need to contribute and play their constructive role in building an environment of peace and development in the state.