Curfew was clamped in Gairatganj town of Raisen district, 50 km from Bhopal, on Monday following communal tension over alleged cow slaughter in butcher's market.
Superintendent of police (SP) Deepak Verma said the police had received information about cow slaughter in a butcher's market at Gairatganj. When a police team reached the market, skin and flesh of cow were recovered. "One of the butchers, who had sacrificed the cow, has been arrested while the other fled from the spot," he added.
After the incident, rumours led to communal tension in the area. Some incidents of arson and stone pelting were also reported. Saffron organisations also held a demonstration and created ruckus at the bus stand. Police used tear gas to control the situation and resorted to use of force to disburse the mob. District administration imposed section 144 in the town. But after reviewing the condition, collector JK Jain imposed curfew.
In the violent incidents, about half-a-dozen people have received injuries.
Additional police forces from Begumganj, Silwani, Sagar, Vidisha and Raisen have been rushed to Gairatganj.
Collector JK Jain said police have arrested 13 people who were spreading rumours and intensifying tension in the town.
Superintendent of police Verma said, "Police are trying to nab the other accused in cow slaughter incident. Now, the situation is under control. No reports of violence have been reported in the evening."
This is the third time when curfew has been imposed at a place in Raisen district because of communal tension.