Udaipur unrest:Section 144 lifted, internet services resume in Udaipur
Two days after the unrest in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, prohibitory orders were lifted and internet services were resumed late on Saturday, Section 144 will, however, remain in force in Rajsamandjaipur Updated: Dec 16, 2017 20:52 IST
Two days after the unrest in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, prohibitory orders were lifted and internet services were resumed late on Saturday, Section 144 will, however, remain in force in Rajsamand, officials said.
Addressing a news conference, Udaipur collector Bishnu Charan Mallick said since the situation has returned to normal, prohibitory orders under Section 144, has been lifted and mobile internet services have been resumed.
District superintendent of police Rajendra Prasad Goyal said rumours about a mosque being burnt down and rallies being planned on December 19 and 25 are false and people should not pay any heed to them.
A special cell set up to monitor social media platforms, will continue to keep a tab on social media sites to check proliferation of any hate content, he said.
Tensions have prevailed in the two districts after last week’s killing of a Muslim migrant worker, Afrazul Islam, by Shambhulal Regar, who posted a video of the murder along with other videos where he is seen making inflammatory remarks against the Muslim community. Regar is in police remand.
Meanwhile, a local court in Udaipur, on Saturday, remanded 53 people to 15-day judicial custody in connection with the clashes between police and a mob at the city’s Court Circle on Thursday.
Ten people who were arrested on Friday for allegedly raising slogans at a rally in Udaipur and posting provocative messages on social media platforms, were also produced in the court and remanded to 15-day judicial custody, said inspector general of police (Udaipur range) Anand Srivastava.
The video of the rally, on the basis of which the 10 men were arrested, has been sent to a forensic science laboratory for verifying its authenticity, Srivastava.
A large mob, including Hindu right-wing groups, gathered at the city’s Court Circle on Thursday, defying prohibitory orders and pelted stones at police injuring several policemen.
The police baton-charged the mob and arrested 207 people.
Of the arrested, 154 persons were released on bail while the remaining 53 were produced in the court and were remanded judicial custody on charges of assault, unlawful assembly, stone pelting, damaging public property and deterring public servant from duty, police said.
Earlier on Friday, Hindu right-wing groups had taken a silent rally demanding the arrest of the Muslim men seen in video raising objectionable slogans and the release of their workers who were arrested following clashes with police on Thursday.
Indrajit Singh, state Bajrang Dal chief said, “We condemn the violence of December 14. There was no one from Bajrang Dal or Vishwa Hindu Parishad involved in the violence.”
“It was just groups of miscreants who rallied together after a call by some self-styled Hindu activist on social media,” he said.
First Published: Dec 16, 2017 20:52 IST