Amid ongoing socio-political escalation in parts of India, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, pointing to the violence in Jodhpur and Karauli, said the whole country was under fire. He further added that it becomes difficult for the administrative organ of the state to function in a context of violence. Gehlot claimed that the opposition party in the state, viz. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is insisting on the issue and due to the stress, the state government is struggling to handle things. CM Gehlot downplaying Karauli’s violence said it happened “just for 1 hour”.
Rajasthan CM Gehlot, speaking in more detail about the two incidents of conflicts that took place under his government within a month, said that the state government is currently conducting an intensive investigation and the perpetrators of the violence will not be spared. Aiming at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gehlot asked why the prime minister was silent. CM Ashok Gehlot said, “Why isn’t the prime minister talking about the violence? Why hasn’t he condemned it yet?”
Violence in Jodhpur and Karauli
On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr and Akshaya Tritiya, a violent clash broke out between two communities at Jalori gate in Jodhpur on the night of May 2. According to the sources, the altercation started after objections were raised against raising a flag at Balmukand Bissa circle. After the stone-throwing began, the police tried to control the situation and disperse the crowd using lathi-charges and tear gas. Sources said more than a dozen people were injured in the violence.
On April 2, communal clashes erupted in Karauli district, Rajasthan, after a bicycle rally organized to mark the Hindu New Year was allegedly stone-thrown as they passed through a market, resulting in a confrontation between the two groups. According to the police, stones were thrown at participants in the motorcycle rally as they passed through an area dominated by a minority community. Following this, arson and vandalism were also seen during the rally.