Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje escaped unhurt on Sunday afternoon after angry tribal men attacked a security vehicle in the rear of her convoy near Gautam Rishi temple at Poshaliya village in Sirohi district.
Four policemen were among the 12 injured admitted to a local civil hospital, where doctors declared their condition as stable. Trouble erupted after the tribesmen, said to belong to the Meena community, got angry when they spotted some policemen inside the temple premises and attacked the chief minister’s motorcade. As per tradition, no policeman is allowed entry into the temple.
“The second security vehicle of the chief minister was overturned by anti-social elements, which led to leakage of the diesel and it caught fire,” said Sirohi SP Ravikant Mittal. He told HT on phone that the chief minister later entered the temple premises safely and also addressed a gathering of pilgrims. The miscreants will be arrested soon, he said.
Mittal said the chief minister had attended a local tribal fair last year and the local police had deployed their personnel in plain clothes inside the temple, which had not been objected to by the organisers.
Eyewitnesses said that the tribals took the entry of a police jeep into the temple premises as a violation of their faith and hence they had attacked the escort vehicle.
Inspector General, Jodhpur range, R K Reddy, said, “a case has been registered against the miscreants .We always gave full respect to the tribals’ faith but about 40-50 people suddenly came near the motorcade and attacked the police escort jeep. The chief minister was unhurt as the incident took place at a distance from the temple.”