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Police assaults Muslim woman, triggers violence in Jaipur

Police assaults Muslim woman, triggers violence in Jaipur
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Jaipur: Curfew has been in four police station areas of Jaipur after violence between the locals and the police erupted killing at least one and injuring dozen.

The incident occurred after police constable allegedly assaulted a motorcycle-borne couple during a routine vehicle check on late last night (Friday).

Dainik Bhaskar quoted saying a man named Sajid was going with a bike with his wife Arsi and daughter.

They alleged that the policeman allegedly hit the Muslim woman and his daughter sitting on a motor bike with a lathi (baton) .

After this, at around 9 pm, the youth reached the police station to file a complaint.

According to eyewitnesses, within minutes,  hundreds of people amassed in front of the Ramganj police station and started to create ruckus. Police tried to pacify the violent mob but failed and started to pelt stones and burnt vehicles.

When the situation went out of control, police resorted to lathicharge.

Police ordered that shots be fired in air to disperse the crowd, in which one person, identified as Mohammed Raees, was killed.

“A petty dispute between a police constable and a motorcycle-borne couple late last night (Friday) 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 said, reported News18.

There were also reports of stone pelting from some of the areas and police had difficult time to control the violent mob. Tear gas was used and the district administration to maintain law and order had to impose curfew in four police station areas.

As a precautionary measure, curfew has been imposed since 2 am in the night in some parts of the city and mobile internet services have been suspended.

“Curfew has been imposed till further orders in Manak Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Galta Gate and Ramganj police station areas of the Jaipur following violence in which a police station was attacked and vehicles burnt,” Commissioner of Police Sanjay Agarwal told IANS.

Other areas, including schools  and coaching institutes will remained closed on Saturday in these areas.

–IANS inputs