Curfew in Jaipur after scuffle escalates, 1 killed

The district administration has suspended mobile Internet services for two days - from 6 am on Saturday to 11.59 pm Sunday - to check rumours from spreading

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: September 10, 2017 8:01 am
jaipur curfew, jaipur The deserted road outside Jaipur’s iconic Hawa Mahal after curfew was imposed following overnight violence. (Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras)

Curfew was clamped in parts of the walled city of Jaipur after one person was killed and four policemen were injured late Friday night after a traffic scuffle escalated into a full-blown conflict between police and residents of the Muslim-majority Ramganj locality. The district administration has suspended mobile Internet services for two days – from 6 am on Saturday to 11.59 pm Sunday – to check rumours from spreading. Trouble started at about 8:30 pm on Friday, when a police constable, during a routine clearing of street vendors, allegedly hit a Muslim couple – local resident Sajid and his wife – who were passing by on a bike.

“We were just passing by when the policemen stopped us. Then, a constable swung his baton and hit our bike. My husband was hit on his hand and my little daughter fell off the bike. I tried to stop the constable but he pushed me aside,” Sajid’s wife told local news channels outside the police station. The incident led to a heated verbal exchange, after which the couple reached the Ramganj police station.

“It was a minor scuffle and while the policemen were talking to the couple, a crowd gathered outside the station. They started pelting stones and engaged in vandalism and arson. Police used light force to disperse them by firing tear gas shells and shots in the air. One Mohammad Raees alias Adil was injured and taken to SMS Hospital in the city, where he passed away at about 1 am,” Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal told The Sunday Express, adding, “The cause of his death will be ascertained only after we have the postmortem report.”

Jaipur Violence, Ramganj Violence, Ramganj, Jaipur Curfew, Ramganj Curfew, Rajasthan Violence, India News, Indian Express, Police patrols streets as curfew was imposed in parts of Jaipur after late-night violence between locals and police, triggered by an alleged assault on a woman by the cops, in Jaipur on Saturday. (Source: PTI Photo)

Agarwal said four policemen were also injured and were rushed to the trauma centre of the hospital. One of them, he said, was seriously injured. “The situation is under control now. Our teams are patrolling the area and peace committee meetings are being held to restore normalcy,” he said. While police claimed they had to use force because the mob had turned unruly, Muslim organisations said police used excessive force without giving the crowd a chance to disperse.

“Police did not even wait for the crowd to disperse after the lathicharge. Eyewitnesses told us they only fired two-three tear gas shells and then started firing. Also, they could have fired in the air or aimed at the protesters’ legs. Adil died from a bullet wound on his chest,” Mohd Iqbal Siddiqi, spokesperson of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said. Areas under the Ramganj, Manak Chowk, Subhash Chowk and Galta Gate police stations remained under curfew from 2 am late Friday night to 8 pm on Saturday, after several vehicles were set ablaze by the mob.

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    HOMER
    Sep 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm
    These people keep saying they feel insecure in India when it's the country that should feel insecure from their violence murderous savage barbaric ways!
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    1. नीतू शर्मा
      Sep 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm
      इस न्यूज़ को पढ़ने के बाद ऐसा महसूस हुआ जैसे ये सब कुछ preplanned हो।सबकुछ पोलिटिकल funda लग रहा ह।। जैसे कोई सोची समझी साजिश। दंगा करवाने के लिए।
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        Priyank Jain
        Sep 10, 2017 at 10:26 pm
        How to read between the lines ..Missing points in Narrative 1. If the initial tension was only between a policeman and a couple...How a whole mob reached the station, and started pelting stones on top of that. 2. 4 policeman were injured...so we can assume it was a heated encounter.. 3. Counter-argument of religious bodies is that police 'Only fired 3-4 Tear-Gas s '. Isn't one Tear gas s enough to indicate that everyone should go now. Do people wanted police to waste 30-40 s before understanding the small thing like 'Do Not Take Law In Your Hand' 4. A drone inspection of this Muslim-Majority area showed not only stones and bricks..but SWORDS on the roof of many houses. Was Mob always prepared to ignite riots anytime. Is this like a daily profession of some kind? 5. Why the family of the deceased civilian denying post-mortem? What is it that they are fearing? Some questions which were raised. But as the internet services is down, guess I have to wait a few days to get
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          David
          Sep 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm
          I dont uderstand what is wrong with this religion everywhere they spread hate and venom, they cant live in peace with Jew, Christians, Buddhist, Hindu, What they want , y dont they understand you cant impose your middle east junk book on people, if you really have something good to offer people will follow that, like Yoga in hinduism whole world is crazy about that, but you people only spread hate and kill, humanity wont survive with this scum, on top of that they breed like pigs, ISLAMOPHOBIA is the right term coined lately, big time to stop them else they will kill every one.
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          1. JITENDRA KUMAR
            Sep 10, 2017 at 11:18 am
            this is the radical islam forget kashmir you cannot roam in muslim populated area even for routine cheking they will do illegal work to destroy india but you cant ask them.
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              HOMER
              Sep 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm
              In Mumbai under the alleged watchful eye of uddhav thakrey there exists an area called LITTLE PAKISTAN where no law enforcement agencies dare enter! This all became possible under KANGRESS the muslim league FRANCHISEES and their partners NCP! And they accuse us of intolerance?
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