The internet was suspended in Bhilwara in Rajasthan this morning after a 22-year-old man was murdered on Tuesday night over a personal dispute. Three people from a minority community have been arrested for the murder.
“Internet services in Bhilwara will remain suspended until 6am on Thursday, May 12,” Ashish Modi, a collector in Bhilwara district, was quoted by ANI news agency as saying.
Police registered an FIR and additional forces were deployed to maintain law and order, ANI said. Further investigation is underway.
Adarsh Sidhu, the superintendent of police, said at around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, an Adarsh Tapadia was stabbed by people he had fought with two days earlier. On Tuesday they fought again, after which they attacked him. “We have arrested three defendants, who are the main defendants in the case, and the role of others involved is also being investigated,” he said.
The murder took place within the jurisdiction of Kotwali Police Station.
Tapadia’s relative, Mahesh Khetani, said the two-wheeler the victim was driving was stopped and he was stabbed with a knife. There were around seven to eight people, he said, adding that the family would not take the body until the defendants were arrested. The family also asked ₹Compensation of 50 lakh.
BJP MP Vithal Shanker Avasthi called the incident “unfortunate” and an “eye-opener” for the police and the state government.
Last week, two people were assaulted by unidentified people and their bikes were set on fire.
This took place in Sanganer area of Bhilwara district. Also on this occasion, Internet services were suspended. Internet services were interrupted for 24 hours to maintain public order.
“The situation is completely under control. The injured are stable. CCTV footage from nearby areas is being scanned to catch the accused. ‘harmony,’ the district collector said at the time.
Police said the accused came on three or four motorbikes. A day later, police also said one of the defendants had been arrested and nine others had been identified.
Rajasthan has witnessed various incidents of violence over the past two months.
Tension gripped Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s hometown of Jodhpur hours before Eid on May 3, prompting authorities to suspend mobile internet services and impose a curfew in 10 areas of the city.
The unrest was linked to the display of religious flags on the Jalori gate circle, which sparked clashes between two communities and stone-throwing in which five police officers were injured.
In April, violence erupted in Karauli after rocks were thrown during a religious procession, while tensions also reigned in Alwar district after a 300-year-old temple was reportedly demolished.
With the contribution of ANI