More than 30 police personnel sustained injuries as hundreds of people went on rampage in Rajasthan’s Udaipur against the arrest of Shambu Lal Regar who hacked and burnt to death a Muslim man Mohammed Afrazul last week.
The rioters clashed with police near Court Circle in Udaipur around 5 pm. According to reports, the protesters also unfurled a saffron flag at the entrance of the court.
A video posted on social media purportedly showed Muslims in a rally at Chetak Circle in Udaipur shouting slogans against Hindu organisations and demanding death for Regar, according to Hindustan Times(HT).
Around 15 Hindu outfits, led by Bajrang Dal, had called a demonstration on Friday in response to the video.
“We have called a protest on December 15 by Hindu organizations if no action is taken against those who shouted inflammatory slogans against Hindu organisations,” Indrajit Singh, state chief of the Bajrang Dal, was quoted as saying by HT.
Udaipur superintendent of police Rajendra Prasad Goyal, however, told HT that the police at Chetak Circle did not report any sloganeering by Muslims.
The injured police personnel include an Additional SP, 2 Deputy SPs and four inspectors. One of the policemen also suffered severe injuries on his head, India Today online reported.
“Mobs forcibly closed down shops and created a ruckus on the roads. The irate mob also pelted stones and burnt tyres,” according to India Today.
Udaipur Range IG Anand Srivastava said that several messages have been circulated on social media appealing people to gather in Udaipur in large number with weapons.
“Updesh Rana was planning to come to Udaipur. Updesh Rana is from UP, I don’t know from which organization and there were several messages going on social media appealing people to gather in Udaipur in large number with weapons,” he was quoted as saying by India Today.
Yesterday too, despite the imposition of Section 144 in Udaipur district, several people from Hindu organizations came out on the streets and protested in support of Regar.
Regar had hacked Afrazul, a labourer from Bengal, and then burnt him alive on December. He also roped in his nephew to shoot the brutal murder on a mobile phone. He was taken into custody after the video went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, the police in Rajsamand have frozen a bank account with deposits of around Rs 3 lakh “collected in the name” of Regar, reported The Indian Express.
Police officers told the daily that the money was donated by 516 people from across the country to the account being operated in the name of Regar’s wife Sita. The police have also arrested two businessmen for allegedly circulating images on social media of receipts acknowledging their donations to the account. The police crackdown followed an alert that a message was being circulated on social media with details of the bank account, and an appeal seeking donations for Regar’s family.