Dussehra & Durga Puja processions attacked in Rajasthan and UP

As is the norm with all Hindu festival celebrations in Bharat these days, two different attacks have been reported on Dussehra & Durga Puja processions in Malpura, Rajasthan and Balrampur, UP respectively.

Ram Yatra attacked in Tonk

In Malpura town of Tonk district, Hindus were taking out a Dussehra procession on Tuesday when stones were pelted on them by Muslim men as they reached Toda Road in Sadat Mohalla. The situation quickly turned worse and people were attacked with lathis as well, reports India TV .

Police force deployed in Malpura, after attack on Dussehra procession (Credit: Patrika.com)

Heavy police force was rushed to control the situation and curfew has been imposed in the area. Hindus under leadership of MLA Kanhaiya Lal Chowdhury (BJP) refused to burn the effigy of Ravan till the attackers were arrested. Despite attempts by senior police and administration officials to pacify them, they refused to budge from their demand till late in the night.

As tension spread through the town, some shops were also torched. Patrika reports that earlier on Tuesday morning, a city contractor was prevented from installing CCTV cameras at prominent junctions and routes in Sadat Mohalla by some Muslim youth.

Durga Puja procession attacked in Balrampur

In Balrampur, UP, a Durga Puja visarjan procession was attacked with heavy stone-pelting while passing in front of a mosque. Police have arrested 8 people thus far.

The visarjan was finally completed under police protection.

Last year too, communal disturbance was observed in this district when a procession going for Durga murti immersion near the Indo-Nepal border was attacked with stones and over 10 people were injured.

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