New Delhi: Condemning the stone-pelting incident in Rajasthan’s Karauli, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Sunday called it a “matter of concern” saying that the state government is working on the policy of appeasement, and it has become unsuccessful in maintaining the law and order situation here.
An incident of stone-pelting took place during the Shobha Yatra on the occasion of Nav Samvatsar in Rajasthan’s Karauli yesterday.
“If people are being attacked here for celebrating the Indian New Year in India, then it is a matter of concern. This matter should be investigated and the culprits should be punished,” the minister said.
He also said, “The way Rajasthan government is working on the policy of appeasement and has become unsuccessful in maintaining law and order situation in the state, it has failed in every aspect here.”
Shekhawat said that the peaceful areas of Rajasthan are now suffering from nuisance, crime, and atrocities against women.
“The silent parts of Rajasthan are now suffering from nuisance, crime and atrocities against women. Criminals have become fearless in the state. State Police has also fallen under the political ideology. They have forgotten the difference between right and wrong,” he added.
Rajasthan Police conducts flag march a day after stone-pelting on religious procession in Karauli
Rajasthan Police on Sunday conducted a flag march, a day after a stone-pelting incident. Following the incident, Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) has been imposed in the Karauli district till April 4.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot appealed to the people of state to maintain peace and asked them to stay away from the miscreants.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje slammed the state government over the incident and said that the incident could have been avoided if the administration had been more vigilant.
“I strongly condemn the attack on the Shobha Yatra taken out on Nav Samvatsar in Karauli by the people of the opposite mindset. Hate mentality cannot be allowed to flourish in peace-loving Rajasthan. The administration should take strict action against the culprits,” she said.
“If the administration had been vigilant before the Yatra, such an incident could have been averted. The atmosphere of harmony also deteriorated due to the apathy of the administration. The state government should take immediate action,” Raje added.
Many people were injured in the incident, of which 27 were treated and sent home, 10 are undergoing treatment in the hospital and 3 seriously injured were referred to Jaipur. The injured were admitted to the District General Hospital. Among the injured people four were police officers.
The Chief Minister said that he has directed the police to identify the anti-social elements. Section 144 was imposed following stone-pelting at a ‘Shobha Yatra’ in Rajasthan’s Karauli.