The Bhilwara district administration on Friday clamped prohibitory orders on sensitive localities and detained 14 activists in connection with five serial stabbings that threatened to snowball into communal tension.
The situation is calm but tense, the police said.
Three companies of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) have been deployed in Gulmandi, Dhanmandi, Bahla, Nehru Road and Mangla Chowk to maintain law and order.
The police on Friday detained 14 Bajrang Dal activists and said the stabbings were a fallout of the first one that took place on Thursday out of old enmity. All the cases have been registered and investigation was underway, they said.
On Thursday, one youth, identified as Giriraj Singh, 21, was stabbed by one Shahid at Rawla Chowk. Giriraj Singh is under treatment in Mahatma Gandhi hospital intensive care unit. The main accused Shahid is at large.
Two hours later on the same day, some bikers stabbed Mohammad Adil, 20, and Salauddin, 21, near Pratap Talkies when they were going to the railway station. The third incident took place at Shastri Nagar where miscreants stabbed one Saddam Hussein, 22, when he was apparently waiting for someone.
In the fifth incident, one Nasir Hussain was reportedly beaten up by a gang with hockey sticks near the forest office in Shastri Nagar area.
The police intensified the vigil and began arrests after reports of a holy place being set on fire near Gurunanak Petrol Pump, on Chittorgarh Road came to light.
Meanwhile, Vishwa Hindu Parishad general secretary Vinit Dwivedi alleged that the police had taken at least one dozen innocent workers who were sleeping into custody in their sleep from their houses. Maulana Hafiz Ur Rahman of Hanfia Masjid blamed the police for inaction when the innocent people were being attacked. Divisional commissioner Dharmendra Bhatnagar, IG Ajmer range Amrit Kalash and collector Ravi Surpur and SP Hemant Sharma along with troops were keeping vigil in the sensitive areas.