Jaipur: The police and district administration has decided to continue with the internet ban imposed in Malpura town of Tonk district in Rajasthan till August 31.
Communal tension had broken out in Malpura on Thursday, forcing the administration to impose prohibitory orders. The curfew was however relaxed for two hours on Raksha Bandhan. People locked in their homes for two days ventured out to buy groceries and other essential items.
Security was stepped up in the town when the curfew was relaxed. Additional police force was brought in from Kota. Senior police officers including IG, district collector and SP were in the town to keep a tab on the law and order situation.
About 19 people had been arrested in connection with disrupting peace and rioting. They were produced in a court and sent to judicial custody.
ADM Kailash Chandra Sharma said that the internet ban would continue in the town till August 31.
“We will restore the internet services only when the situation returns to normal,” said the officer.
Communal tension broke out in Malpura
when a religious procession on its way to the town from Bisalpur was attacked by the members of another community. At least 16 people were injured in clashes between two groups of people. The member of a community also blocked Jaipur-Kekari highway in protest of the attack on the religious procession. The crowd set ablaze an ambulance, police vehicle and a Rajasthan Roadways bus.
First published: August 27, 2018