Muslims and Hindus in Jodhpur, Indiainvolved in clashes sparked by the installation of religious flags since the beginning of this week. Police also arrested at least 97 people in this case.
Quoted from Indian Express, the clash began when the two religious communities celebrated their big day on Monday (2/5). Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, while Hindus celebrate Parshuram Jayanti or the anniversary of the birth of Lord Parshuram.
They both want to raise a flag representing their religion on statues of freedom fighter Balmukund Bissa, especially at Jodhpur’s Jalori Gate.
Religion-based flags were flown, several loudspeakers were lowered, the flag string was tied to the chest of the independence fighter. As a result, anger increased from the opposing side, cursing occurred, until clashes broke out.
Responding to the riot, the police dispersed the crowd using batons and tear gas.
The mob then attacked a police post and injured four officers. According to local media, at least 10 people were injured and one person was taken to hospital.
At night, the situation is said to have been conducive. However, the next day during Eid al-Fitr which fell on Tuesday (3/5), clashes returned. Clashes are said to have taken place between the police and the Muslim community.
“People who came to pray started making slogans and forcefully tried to approach the statue, removing the flag. The clashes that occurred this morning were with the police not with other people,” the officials were quoted as saying. Indian Express.
As a result of the clashes, several residents were injured, including those who did not know anything about the conflict beforehand.
“During Hari Raya, I was returning from the office where I was apprenticed, when a group of 10-15 people attacked me and my friends,” said Shoaib Arshad, one of the residents who suffered back injuries.
Arshad then said, “My friend Sakhawat Ansari is wearing pajamas kurta and they identify our religion. They beat us with sticks and set our bikes on fire.”
The growing clashes made the police deploy large numbers of troops in the Jalori Gate area.
The crowd chased each other, while the police tried to separate them. The police are said to have used batons to disperse the crowd. Police later said 97 people had been arrested so far in connection with the clashes.
In addition, the local government imposed a curfew in 10 areas of the Jodhpur police station in Rajasthan and the internet was cut off.