12 injured in communal violence in Jaipur

Udaipur, April 13 (IANS) A dozen people were injured Saturday in communal violence here following an objectionable religious comment on social networking website Facebook, police said.

According to police, tension gripped Mulla Talai area of the city, 300 km from state capital Jaipur, when a mob thrashed a restaurant owner from a different community.

“Some people from the restaurant owner’s community retaliated. Both groups pelted stones at each other, in which about a dozen people, including two children, sustained injuries. We resorted to mild baton charge to disperse them,” said a police officer.

“The derogatory comment targeting a particular religion has been deleted. We have also rounded up the man who shared the comment,” said the officer.

Police have been deployed in the area and people are not being allowed to gather.

A similar Facebook comment had led to communal violence in the state’s Makrana town about 10 days ago.

In a similar case, communal violence had left over two dozen people injured in Jaipur’s Sanganer area April 4.

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