Rajsamand, Bhilwara tense after Rajasthan police removes Hindu idols from encroached lands

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Communal tension has built up in districts of Rajsamand and Bhilwara that border each other after a section of Hindus installed idols after encroaching land and trespassing forcing the administration to remove these.

Communal tension has built up in districts of Rajsamand and Bhilwara that border each other after a section of Hindus installed idols after encroaching land and trespassing forcing the administration to remove these.

Police resorted to use of force as retreating mob turned violent and indulged in arson and stone pelting at some places.

In Rajsamand, where Shambhu Raiger made a live video of brutal murder and burning of an innocent Muslim recently, some Hindus constructed a platform and installed the idol of deity Hanuman on a grazing land owned by the government a few days ago.

The administration had warned them to remove it but when they declined, police forcibly seized the idol and removed the platform.

A mob of three thousand gathered which demanded that they be allowed to build a temple but authorities said they must seek permission for it and go ahead only after they were allotted the land and given a go-ahead legally.

The shopkeepers in Rajsamand pulled down the shutters as mob began pelting stones and set on fire a car.

Later, police staged a flag march after dispersing the crowd.

In Sangarya in Shahpura block of Bhilwara, some Hindus placed the idol of Ganesha on the night of December 17 after building a platform on a private land of a Muslim.

Representatives of Muslims said that the land was being used as Madarsa whereas Hindus claimed that it Muslims were planning to build a mosque.

Police said prima facie, it appeared a case of some powerful persons trying to get hold of the land.

Police used force to seize the idol and remove the platform.

The situation was in control and arrests have been made at both places.

Param Navdeep, ex MLA and former spokesperson of Congress has condemned both incidents and accused government of encouraging communal disharmony.

“It is a surprise how easily some communal minded people are allowed to disturb a peaceful state to pursue hidden communal agenda of the ruling BJP,” she said in a strongly worded statement.

She said it was a clear conspiracy to keep creating one after another such incident and criticised failure of the police and government to take preventive measures.

“It is clear that BJP is frustrated over a tough fight that Congress gave to it in Gujarat under leadership of Rahul Gandhi and fearing a defeat in Rajasthan, is trying to use communal, violent Gujarat model of polarisation,” she said.

Source: India Today

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