A major scuffle broke out in Jama Masjid in Rajasthan’s Sanganer town in the Jaipur district on Wednesday (April 21) when police personnel reached the mosque to disperse the large gathering of the crowd, who were reportedly flouting the curfew norms imposed to curb the rising COVID-19 cases. As soon as the police reached the spot, an angry Muslim mob started pelting stones and ruffled up the cops.
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According to a Zee News bulletin, DCP Abhijit Singh who had arrived at the spot to control the situation repeatedly tried to explain to the crowd that they were flouting the COVID-19 norms. However, when the police were discussing the issue, few miscreants started pelting stones from behind and broke the windshields of several vehicles, thereby damaging them and injuring a few of the officers as well.
The Sanganer police has said that it will identify the miscreants who pelted the stones and take appropriate action on them. So far, the situation is normal in the town. It is imperative to note that, owing to the rising COVID-19 cases, the Ashok Gehlot government has imposed section 144 in Rajasthan till May 21.
However, this is not the first incident during the month of Ramazan where a Muslim mob attacked the police personnel for trying to disperse the crowd. On Tuesday, a similar violent mob attacked policemen and pelted stones in Gujarat’s Kapadvanj after the cops asked them to not gather in a huge crowd to offer namaz and follow the COVID-19 protocols.
As per a report by news portal DivyaBhaskar, the mob gathered in large number and attacked Kundvav police chowki and Town police station. Two bikes and one car were burnt down by the mob. The Kundvav police station was also destroyed by the mob. The mob then proceeded to attack the Town police station and started pelting stones. Eventually, the police had to resort to using tear gas but the mob remained on a rampage, destroying anything that came in its way. The hapless police had to ring in additional forces and amidst the entire clamour, an officer was injured.
Not so long ago, the liberals of the country had pinned the entire blame of the second wave of the pandemic on the Kumbh Mela gathering despite knowing the fact that entry into the ‘mela’ was only granted to those producing negative COVID-19 tests.
Moreover, there was no incident of violence from the crowd as they fully cooperated with the authorities on the coronavirus norms. On the insistence of PM Narendra Modi, the akharas even ended their participation, well before the closing date of the holy event.
However, the parallels between the Tablighi jamaat incident and the stone-pelting incidents in the aforementioned mosques of Rajasthan and Gujarat have eerie similarities. The inference is up to the readers to make.