Communal tension in Banswara: Internet services suspended

May 13, 2017, 9:40 am


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Jaipur: A day after people torched over two dozen homes and indulged in firing gunshots following communal tension in Rajasthan’s Banswara town, the district administration on Saturday banned the Internet services to prevent spread of rumours. Curfew had already been imposed in many violence-affected areas on Friday. At least three policemen and two youths were injured in clashes between people from two different communities.

The tension spread in Banswara following a dispute over a religious place in the town around 10 am. In the next three hours, people indulged in arson, torched vehicles and fired guns. People even put fire to PLG cylinders, causing explosions.

The district administration and police reacted too slow to contain the tension which spread throughout the town from Khantwara area.

A woman police inspector was seriously injured in the violence.

Groups of youths roamed the town armed with sticks and swords.

“We have made elaborate security arrangements to restore law and order. Curfew has been imposed. Nearly 70 people have been booked for violence and arson,” said a senior district administration officer.

The officer said that ban was imposed on the internet services as rumours were spreading through social media channels.

First published: May 13, 2017