Inhabitant Muslim clashes with Hindu community in Jodhpur, capital of Rajasthan state in India northern part, since Monday (2/5). The response was the imposition of a curfew and the termination of the internet network and the arrest of at least 97 people.
Quoted from Al Jazeera, the clash occurred at a time of religious momentum for both communities; Muslims mark the end of Ramadan and Eid, and Hindus celebrate the Parshuram Jayanti festival or the anniversary of the birth of Lord Parshuram, Monday (2/5).
Each side wants to fly a flag representing their religion in the same area, especially at Jodhpur’s Jalori Gate.
According to local media, “at least 10 people were injured and one person was taken to hospital”.
“The police tried to disperse the crowd by using batons and tear gas. The mob then attacked a police post and injured four officers,” he said. Al Jazeera.
In the evening, the situation is said to have been conducive, with Eid prayers on Tuesday (3/5) going peacefully. However, clashes between the two sides erupted again in at least five different areas of the Jalori Gate.
The clashes were met with the deployment of a large number of police in the Jalori Gate area of Jodhpur, following more fighting between the two groups.
Quoted from Reuters, the police used batons to disperse the crowd at that time. The crowd seemed to be chasing each other with the police trying to break up the clashes and chase away residents who were approaching.
Rajasthan Chief Minister (a kind of state governor) Ashok Gehlot has sent his senior officials to the area to ensure that violence does not escalate. He also appealed to the people to maintain peace.
Quoted from Indian Expressa curfew was imposed in 10 areas of the Jodhpur police station and mobile internet services were cut off on Tuesday (3/5).
Police said 97 people had been arrested so far in connection with the clashes.
Sentiment and attacks against Muslims surged across India in the last month, including stone-throwing between Hindu and Muslim groups during religious processions and the destruction of a number of mostly Muslim properties by authorities.
The Muslim community itself is a minority with a proportion of 14 percent of India’s 1.4 billion population.
Several leaders of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party are said to have secretly supported the violence. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far been tight-lipped about it.
Not to forget, policy bias also emerged. For example, the state of Maharashtra, which is home to India’s financial hub Mumbai, gave mosques a May 4 deadline to remove their loudspeakers because they viewed the call to prayer as noise pollution.