Tension gripped the Chhipabarod town of Baran district on Tuesday following clashes between two communities over an old rivalry, police said.
More than two dozen people have been arrested for disturbing peace in the area, the Baran police said, adding that prohibitory orders have been put in place to prevent any further untoward incident. The Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) and Rajasthan Police carried out a flag march in the town. The local markets were also closed amid the tension.
Police said there was a rivalry between two groups of people from different communities over plying of buses on the Chhipabarod route in Baran district for a few months. On Monday evening, three people associated with private bus operators manhandled the same number of people from another community, grievously injuring one of them. All the accused were arrested late in the night, the police said.
Meanwhile, some Hindu organisations, led by Bajrang Das and Vishwa Hindu Parishad, called for a bandh in Chhipabarod town on Tuesday in protest against the attack.
During the bandh, people from both the communities confronted each other at the local market in Chhipabarod town, but police dispersed the mob people using force. Later, some people attacked a shop at Garlic Mandi in Harnawada Shahji area, nearly two km away from the Chhipabarod market, ransacked a few kiosks and also pelted stones when police arrived on the scene.
Baran superintendent of police Satyendra Singh said that prohibitory orders were imposed in the Chhipabarod town. More than two dozen people belonging to both the communities were arrested in the incident, he added.
Divisional commissioner Omkar Singh, inspector general of police (Kota range) Vishal Bansal, Baran district collector Lalit Gupta and others officials also rushed to the town to take stock of the situation.
The Baran SP said that additional security forces comprising three companies of RAC and two companies of Rajasthan Police have been deployed in the region. Two additional SPs were monitoring the situation. Singh said that internet services and social media services have been banned in the town for next 24 hours to check spread of rumours.