Facebook comments spark riot in Rajasthan

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 11:53

Udaipur: Fresh communal violence broke
out in Rajasthan`s Dungarpur town on Monday as members of a community
pelted stones at shops and vehicles protesting against
objectionable comments against a religion on social-networking
site Facebook and clashed with police.

Prohibitory orders were clamped in Dungarpur town, about
130 kms from here, after the violence left six persons,
including in-charge of police station Goverdhan Lal, injured.

The violent protest was a sequel to last night`s tension
in Udaipur over the comments on Facebook with members of the
community holding demonstration in Mukherjee Chowk area near
Masjid Chudigaran and burning tyres.

In Dungarpur, the community members this morning took out
a silent rally which turned violent when a youth driving a
motorcycle entered the crowd.

The agitators beat up the youth and pelted stones at
shops and damaged public property, Inspector General of Poice
Govind Gupta said.

Police used batons and fired tear gas shells to quell the
protesters.

Senior district and police officials have reached the
spot, Gupta said.

The agitators also submitted a memorandum to district
collectorate of Dungarpur protesting against the objectionable
post.

Police said the comments, posted from a fake account,
have been removed and investigations are on to nab the
culprit.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 09:06

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