Tensions have arisen at the Jalori Gate area as a result of certain flags being erected on the occasion of Parashuram Jayanti, which falls on the same day as Eid.
Fresh skirmishes erupted in Jodhpur’s Jalori Gate neighbourhood on Tuesday after morning prayers, hours after a clash between members of two communities over hoisting and removing a flag from a freedom fighter’s statue developed into stone pelting and resulted in the injuries of a few police officers.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot presided over a meeting to assess the situation, following which a curfew was imposed in the region covered by 10 police stations in Jodhpur. Senior Rajasthan government officials, including additional chief secretary Home, ADGP Law and Order, and MoS Home Rajendra Singh Yadav, were flown to Jodhpur by helicopter.
जोधपुर, मारवाड़ की प्रेम एवं भाईचारे की परंपरा का सम्मान करते हुए मैं सभी पक्षों से मार्मिक अपील करता हूं कि शांति बनाए रखें एवं कानून-व्यवस्था बनाने में सहयोग करें।
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 3, 2022
To put the situation under control on Monday night, police had to use lathi charges and tear gas shells. The district’s internet services were also turned down.
The situation has been brought under control, according to Dinesh Lakhawat, the Sardarpura police station’s station house officer (SHO).
According to the police, the skirmishes began late Monday night over some flags that had been displayed in honour of Parashuram Jayanti, which falls on the same day as Eid. “There were Lord Parashuram flags near the namaaz offering spot. “There was a disagreement on removing the flags because the local Muslim community puts up a flag on Eid,” said Hawa Singh Ghumaria, Additional Director General (Law and Order).
With the area being adjacent to the Eidgah and the possibility of a large number of people offering namaaz in the area on Eid, the police commissioner intervened and did not let the crowd come near the place. “But while dispersing, tension escalated and there was stone pelting.”- Ghumaria
“The tension resulting from a clash between two groups in Jodhpur’s Jalori Gate is unfortunate. I have instructed the administration to maintain peace and order at any cost. Respecting the tradition of love and brotherhood in Jodhpur, Marwar, I appeal to all sides to help in maintaining peace and law and order.- Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Tweet
The chief minister’s home district is Jodhpur, and his assembly constituency is Sardarpura (the Jalori Gate area is within the jurisdiction of the Sardarpura police station). Gehlot, who was due to welcome well-wishers at his home on his birthday, cancelled all of his plans to convene an emergency meeting over the incident.
“The hoisting of an Islamic flag over the statue of freedom fighter Balmukund Bissa and removing the kesariya (saffron) flag put up on the occasion of Parashuram Jayanti by unruly elements is condemnable. It is my request to everyone to maintain peace. It is my demand from the state government that strong action should be taken against unruly elements, rule of law be established in the state.”- State BJP president Satish Poonia Tweet
“What has happened is not good. Till now, peace and tranquillity had prevailed in Jodhpur. Anti-social elements should be arrested,” said Suryakanta Vyas, BJP MLA from Soorsagar.
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