Rajasthan: VHP leader attacked for stopping molestation in Hanumangarh


Tension has escalated in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district after Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) block president Satveer Saharan and several other community members were injured in a clash.

The VHP leader was attacked when he tried to stop the eve-teasing. Saharan has suffered serious injuries and has been referred to the district hospital for treatment. After the attack on the VHP leader, an angry mob gathered at the spot and blocked the Nohar-Ravatsar road.

According to reports, 7 to 8 youths attacked the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader when he was stopped by the leader of Vishwa Hindu Parishad for molesting the girls near the Ramdev temple of Nohar in the evening. Police have arrested two youths Adris and Amin.

Five people have been detained while the internet has been shut down. A large number of police personnel have been deployed in the area and police and district administration officials are keeping a close watch on the people.

Communal clashes continue in Rajasthan

Intense clashes broke out in Jodhpur hours before Eid, following which the authorities suspended mobile internet services and imposed curfew in 10 police station areas of the city.

Violence erupted after stone pelting at a religious procession in Karauli.

Members of BJP, VHP and Hindu Jagran Manch called for a bandh in the district after a 22-year-old youth was allegedly murdered by members of another community in Bhilwara on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot directed officials to keep a special vigil in the communally sensitive areas of the state and take “strict and fair” action against anti-social people.

Claiming that there was an atmosphere of tension and unrest in India, he claimed that riots followed a similar pattern in seven states on Ram Navami. He said Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been requested to investigate at the central level the “deep conspiracy” behind the acts of violence.

He said that the police and administrative officers in all the districts and divisions should be vigilant and work to effectively control the crime. He said that the authorities should ensure effective monitoring to maintain peace and harmony in the state.

Gehlot said that if necessary, action should also be taken under the National Security Act (NSA), Rajasthan Anti-Social Activity Prevention Act and Goonda Act.


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