At least 28 people, including seven policemen, were injured and 12 shops torched in two communal clashes which erupted during Holi festivities in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh and Tonk cities on Saturday.
Eighteen people, five of them policemen, were injured in Chittorgarh town, some 275 kms from the state capital, where curfew had been clamped, District Collector PL Agarwal told PTI here by telephone.
Twelve shops and some vehicles were set afire during the clash triggered by a trivial issue, he said. Police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells to disperse clashing groups, he said adding curfew was clamped on the town.
The injured were hospitalised, Agarwal said adding adequate police had been deployed to maintain peace in the city.
In Tonk, the trouble erupted when members of a particular community were taking out a Holi procession at Heera Chowk, SP (Tonk) Giriraj Meena told PTI.
Some youths allegedly used abusive language against members of another community sparking the violence, he said. Ten people, including two policemen, were wounded when the two sides pelted stones at each other, the SP said. The situation was now under control though tension ran high in the city, he said. Three FIRs were registered in connection with the communal clash, the SP said.