8 September Friday Night. The Pink city showed its ugly side on Friday night when an unruly mob ran rampant and burned properties, attacked police station and damaged properties. One person who was injured taken to hospital later succumbed to his injuries. Since Jaipur blasts by Pakistani terrorists in May 2008 it was first time Curfew was imposed in Jaipur after 9 years.
All it happened over a minor incident. On a routine vehicle check/clearing an encroached area from electric rickshaws Police man tried to stop Sajid who was on is motorcycle with his wife in Muslim Majority area of Ramganj. Eyewitness say instead of stopping he tried to speed away and policeman swung his baton and accidentally hit Sajid's wife. Allegedly he fell off his bike and his wife tried to stop police and soon crowd gathered thereafter. As the mob built up they started attacking police and ended up attacking police station. Police had to call additional force, fired tear gas and ariel firing followed by baton charge.
Mob Injured 4 policeman, vandalized police station and over a dozen vehicles, set fire on Ambulance and few other vehicles, tried to set Ramganj Power Substation on fire. Situation is under control now, though curfew has been imposed for entire Saturday and internet and phone services are blocked till midnight of Saturday.
“Curfew has been imposed till further orders in Manak Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Galta Gate and Ramganj police station areas of the city following violence in which a police station was attacked and vehicles burnt,” Commissioner of Police Sanjay Agarwal told IANS
Drones have been pushed to service to monitor the situation, streets were empty due to fear of further violence in entire city. It was only in the morning rest of the Jaipur came to know about the riots in Ramjang.
One Mohammad Raees alias Adil was injured and taken to SMS Hospital in the city, where he passed away at about 1 am,” Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal told The Sunday Express, adding, “The cause of his death will be ascertained only after we have the postmortem report.”
One must ask, was it worth it. A matter which could have been sorted out by a simple complaint ended up disturbing peace, injuring police, taking life of a young man, damaging property and bringing bad name to tourist oriented city. Jaipur has been largely a peaceful city, devoid of riots even during worst of communal situation in the country, wasn't our social fabric very strong, didn't we used to present a model for other in living together with peace, weren't we considered most welcoming people in India and a favorite destination for Tourists.
What has happened to us, and is it sign of worse things to come? If we don't stop it here then future wont be so pink for us.
While i write this post, mobile internet is still not working(its 10 past midnight). Hopefully tomorrow morning when i wake up it will all be normal.