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Nagaur violence: Cops arrest 226 people, Sanvrad still under heavy security

Curfew was relaxed for two hours on Saturday.

jaipur Updated: Jul 15, 2017 19:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan,Rajasthan Armed Constabulary,Anandpal Singh
Violent protests had erupted during a rally in Sanvrad on Wednesday which was held to pay tribute to Anandpal Singh, who had died in a police encounter on June 24 in Churu district. One person died in the violence and more than 30 have been injured. (HT Photo)

Two days after the cremation of slain gangster Anandpal Singh, his native village of Sanvrad in Nagaur district of Rajasthan is still under heavy security cover.

For the third consecutive day, the village remained under curfew, although it was relaxed for two hours on Saturday.

“The curfew was relaxed from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday. The village is still under heavy security cover and no untoward incident was witnessed,” said Indraj Marodiya, station house officer, Jaswantgarh police station.

Violent protests had erupted during a rally in the village on Wednesday which was held to pay tribute to Anandpal Singh, who had died in a police encounter on June 24 in Churu district. One person died in the violence and more than 30 have been injured.

At present, apart from the district police, 13 battalions of the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) have been deployed in Sanvrad to maintain peace.

The police said that more than 200 people have been arrested and taken into preventive custody for creating a ruckus. “We have arrested 226 people for violence that had erupted during the rally. Most of these people are from outside Nagaur. The arrested men include residents of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Sikar,” said Marodiya.

The violence during the rally had resulted in an angry mob burning the railway station and torching vehicles of the district superintendent of police. The SP was also beaten up and the mob misbehaved with a lady IPS officer.

The rally had more than 60,000 people which took the police by surprise as they didn’t expect such a large gathering.

A senior police official told HT that around 25,000 people from Nagaur had joined the rally, which contradicts intelligence reports.

Meanwhile, Brahmin outfits have slammed the police for not cremating the body of Lalchand Sharma, a native of Haryana, who died during the violence after the rally on Wednesday.

“Four days have passed since Sharma died and the police are yet to get in touch with his relatives and cremate the body. This is in sharp contrast to the fact that the police was in great hurry to cremate Anandpal,” said Suresh Mishra, state president, Sarb Brahman Mahasabha.

Mishra said that the Mahasabha demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the family of Sharma along with government jobs for his relatives.

“Not even for once did anybody from the government express any grief over the death of Sharma. If our demands are not met within three days, we will discuss further strategy in a meeting on July 18,” said Mishra.

First Published: Jul 15, 2017 19:42 IST