Over a thousand armed policemen are patrolling the streets of small-town Chhabra in Rajasthan following the untoward incident on Sunday. Curfew was clamped in the town after a clash between two communities in which several shops were set on fire by the unruly mob.
Internet services have been shut as a precautionary measure by the district administration. The Chhabra town’s 50,000 population could not get milk and other essential items because of the curfew.
District collector Rajendra Vijay said that the situation in Chhabra is under control, but an uneasy calm prevails. The movement of people on the streets has been stopped and only essential services are allowed to function.
Tension in Chhabra started on Saturday
The tension began on Saturday evening when two communities clashed over some minor issue, but soon the miscreants set on fire about four-five shops and also set on fire two motorbikes and a few vehicles. However the fire brigade soon rushed to the spot to douse the flames.
The police took some time to take action and by that time the unruly crowd ransacked several other shops. Eventually, the police resorted to lathi-charge and bursting tear gas shells. But when the unruly crowd could not be contained, the police fired in the air to disperse the crowd.
According to police, half-a-dozen shops were set on fire and a mobile shop was looted during the incident.
The BJP MLA Pratap Singh Singhvi said that the police proved to be a mute witness during the incident and it came into action when much damage was done. He said the police’s slackness was beyond comprehension and the police took so much time to go for action that it encouraged the mob to set shops on fire.
The police have arrested a person, who is dubbed as the kingpin of the arson. The police are interrogating more persons.
The district administration has appealed to the people to maintain peace. Senior officials of the district administration held meetings with senior persons from both the communities and urged them to help the administration in maintaining peace.
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