One person was killed and 20 others, including eight policemen, were injured after clashes broke out between minority community and police force over thrashing of a couple in Ramganj area of Jaipur.
The clashes began after a police constable allegedly assaulted a motorcycle-borne couple for unknown reasons. "A petty dispute between a police constable and a motorcycle-borne couple late last night led to clashes between the locals and the police, following which the curfew was imposed around 1 AM in Ramganj area, where the violence broke out,” Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal told PTI.
Curfew has been imposed in Ramganj, Galtagate, Manak Chowk and Shubhash Chowk areas. Internet services have also been suspended and schools in the curfew-laden areas have been closed.
It is alleged that the constable had assaulted the couple over some issue, following which a mob of locals gathered around the Ramganj police station and indulged in arson, setting ablaze five vehicles, including an ambulance and a police jeep, and damaged 21 others.
The police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the mob that went on rampage setting on fire a power house, a few vehicles including an ambulance. They attacked journalists too, police said.
Police resorted to lathi-charge as violent mob burnt vehicles.
When the situation went out of control, police opened fire on the agitators in which one person, identified as Adil, was killed, ADG-Law and Order NRK Reddy told The Tribune.
The Delhi-Agra route through Jaipur has been diverted.
Security forces, including Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) and home guard jawans, have been deployed in the voilence-hit areas.