Rajasthan News

Violent Agitation in Makrana Block of Nagaur District hurting 45

by RajasthanDirect
Apr 04, 2013

An angry mob set fire to a police vehicle in the Makrana block of Nagaur district on Wednesday. To control the situation, the police fired tear gas and lathi-charged in which 45 people including 12 cops were injured.

Several were referred to the government hospital even as the situation remained tense in the marble town. Extra force was deployed while community leaders in the area requested residents to maintain peace. By evening, shops were opened.

The protests erupted over use of derogatory words, hurting religious sentiments, on a social networking website. Agitated people gathered at Godabagh area of the town and took out a procession demanding death penalty for the offenders.

As the numbers swelled, police and administrative officials reached the spot. Shops were closed down. Protesters raised slogans against the administration for not taking enough steps to censor unwarranted posts stoking communal fire.

The protest turned violent when the procession marched towards the police station and a few protesters torched a police vehicle. At this, cops used force on them and fired tear gas shells, while the mob pelted stones at them. Later, protesters burnt a tyre and blocked the road causing traffic jam.

Extra force was called to the spot and administrators assured the protesters of action against the accused and appealed for peace.

According to sources about 12 policemen were hurt in which six were seriously injured. SP Nagaur Om Parkesh Sharma ordered the concerned SHO to register a case against the miscreants for posting derogatory comments against a religion on a social networking site.

“We have arrested the accused,” said Sharma.

Checking to turn the agitation into communal difference, leaders came out in evening and consol local people. President of Anjuman Santhan Nawab Ali Rader made appeal for peace in the town. Sarpanch Himat Singh, chairman of Makrana Municipality Salam Bhati. Former MLA Rupa Ram, marble industrialist Deepak Bansal and many other went into market and appeal to open shops to make peace in the town.

Meanwhile police force was deputed in the town to control any mischief by miscreant, administrative officials and senior police officers reached the town and discussed the situation.

src: TOI

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