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Eid marred by communal tension in Nimbahera town of Chittorgarh, 2 cops injured

Udaipur : Tension gripped parts of Nimbahera town of Chittorgarh district on saturday after a group of revellers from an Eid procession went on rampage by damaging shops, set vehicles on fire and hurled stones. Police rushed in to hold the situation and exerted force to disperse the mob. Two constables were injured during the episode and extra police forces were deployed to restore peace in the area,police said.

According to reports, a tension sparked off suddenly when water fell from a three storey building in Moti Bazaar area when a procession of Barawaafat was being taken out. The participants were infuriated and threw stones at homes and shops situated in the area. People ran helter skelter and the streets wore a deserted look within few minutes. The revellers set on fire three-four motorcycles parked on the roadside and forcibly entered shops throwing things here and there. They broke window panes and showcases thus creating much panic and chaos. Police teams led by Add SP Rajan Dushyant, DySP Gopichand Meena, Kotwali SHO Darshan Singh, Sadar SHO Ramniwas Vishnoi sprung into action and charged lathis to disperse the miscreants.

Almost all the shops in the city were shut down and the area wore a bandh-like look till evening. The muslim community has lodged a case against a shopkeeper Suresh Agarwal for throwing water during the procession and causing hurt to people. Meanwhile, UDH minister Shrichand Kriplani who had left forKota from Nimbahera returned midway after being informed of the clash. He spoke to the community leaders of both groups and appealed for peace. Adequate number of police personnel have been deployed in the sensitive areas specially moti bazar, shasti market etc and the situation is under control, police said.

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