Internet connections were cut and a curfew was imposed following riots between Hindus and Muslims in the state of Rajasthan.
Government authorities have imposed a curfew and cut internet connections in an area of Jodhpur, the capital of the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, following fresh clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities there.
Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam said there was a “very strong police presence” in the Jalori Gate area, following further clashes between the two groups.
The clashes began on Monday during the religious holidays of both communities, each of which wanted to raise religious flags in the same area. Muslims marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and Hindus celebrated a festival called Parshuram Jayanti.
Things had calmed down overnight and Eid prayers were held peacefully on Tuesday. However, clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out again in at least five different areas in the Jalori gate.
“Local media says that at least 10 people were injured and one person was taken to hospital,” Puranam said.
“The police tried to disperse the crowd with batons and tear gas. The crowd then attacked a police post, injuring four officers.”
The curfew will remain in effect until midnight local time.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has dispatched his Home Secretary and senior officials to the area to make sure the violence does not escalate, Puranam added.
Anti-Muslim sentiment and attacks have shot across the country in the past month, including stone-throwing between Hindu and Muslim groups during religious processions and the subsequent demolition of a number of mostly Muslim-owned properties by the authorities.
The Muslim community, which makes up 14 percent of India’s 1.4 billion people, is reeling from the vilification of hardline Hindu nationalists who have long taken an anti-Muslim stance.
Some leaders of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party have tacitly supported the violence, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far kept quiet about it.
“Many parts of the country are on edge right now,” Puranam said.
Hindu leaders in Maharashtra state, home to India’s financial capital Mumbai, have given mosques a May 4 deadline to remove their loudspeakers because they say the call to prayer is noise pollution, Puranam said. .
“They are asking their supporters to go to mosques on Wednesday and play Hindu songs at double the volume of the call to prayer if they don’t remove their loudspeakers,” he said.