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Internet services suspended in Bundi following clashes

The supporters of Hindu Mahasabha clashed with police for being prevented from organizing prayers on Mandata Chhatari, a religious place, under investigation of the archaeological department.

February 1, 2018, 10:59 am

Jaipur police

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Jaipur: The administration has suspended internet services in Bundi after the supporters of Hindu Mahasabha clashed with police for being prevented from organizing prayers on Mandata Chhatari, a religious place, under investigation of the archaeological department. The decision has been taken to prevent spread of rumours on social media and avoid communal tension, a police officer said. The divisional commissioner in an order on Monday said that the internet services had been suspended till at least 6 am on January 3. The decision over  removing the suspension will be taken after an assessment of the law and order situation on Wednesday. The cops had clamped section 144 of CrPC on Sunday, banning gathering of people in response to Hindu Mahasabha’s announcement that they would organize prayers on Mandata Chhatari. When some people tried to reach Mandata Chhatari on Monday, police resorted to lathicharge. The religious place is situated on Tiger Hill near Jaitsagar Lake in Bundi town. Hindu Mahasabha in a statement had said that they would take out a march from noon and reach the religious place. They claimed that the march would be peaceful; however, when it reached near the place the police officers first warned them not to go further. But the members of Hindu Mahasabha didn’t budge and when they continued with their march, the police used force to disperse them. The supporters reportedly hurled stones on the police and then reached the bus stand where they demonstrated against police lathicharge. They blocked a road and shouted slogans.

First published: January 1, 2018