A communal violence had erupted in Chhabra town of Rajasthan’s Baran district, where nearly a dozen shops and houses were set afireon Sunday. According to police the violence occurred after a group of men tried to forcibly close a few shops run by the Muslims.
The two men from the Gujjar community were allegedly stabbed by members of the Muslim community following an argument late on Saturday. The two were admitted to a hospital and are stable.
After the argument, the members of the Gujjar community staged a protest at Chhabra police station and also reportedly thrashed a couple of Muslim men. While three persons were arrested in connection with the stabbing case, the protesters demanded the arrest of two more persons.
A dozens of vehicles and shops were torched and vandalised by mobs. Police used tear gas to disperse the violent crowds but members of two communities, armed with sticks, iron rods and weapons, continued the rampage late in the evening, rioters even setting ablaze a fire tender and damaging public property including police and government vehicles.
Following which a curfew was imposed and internet services were suspended till April 13.
There was no immediate official word on casualties. Additional forces have been called in and senior officials, including Kota range DIG Ravi Gour have rushed to the area.