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Curfew imposed after communal tension turns violent in Banswara

Udaipur : Verbal spat between tribal and muslim groups over a long standing  issue,  the previous night turned violent as tension brewed up in Banswara city on Friday noon. Situation remained tensed and panic hit at Kalika Mata and Khaatwada area as the two warring groups pelted stones and put some vehicles, shops and houses on fire. Armed attack at several places were reported and the mob even damaged the police cameras and vehicles. Many people including 8-10 policemen sustained injuries during the scuffle. The mob also hurled stones on the police force that had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd. Extra forces were pressed into services from Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Dungarpur and a curfew was imposed to control the situation.

IG Anand Srivastava, SP Kaluram Rawat, Collector Bhagwati Prasad and many officers stayed at the spot to take stock of the law and order condition. By evening situation were restored to normalcy, however, internet services were suspended to prevent any untoward incident. There had been a long standing dispute since 1998 between the two communities at Kalikamata area over a temple place. A fortnight ago a Sarva Samaj meeting too had been held to find solution for the dispute, however, on Thursday late night, during a procession of Shab-e-Baraat, members of both the groups messed up.

They put two bikes on fire and attacked with swords. This intensified the situation and police forces swung into action.  On Friday the mob fury continued as miscreants created disturbances in several patches in spells. “ We have rounded up few people. Extra battalion from Udaipur, Dungarpur, Chittorgarh, Mewar Bhil Corp (MBC), RAC have been deployed and things are getting better gradually” Banswara SP Kaluram Rawat told Udaipur Kiran.


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