Udaipur murder: Rajasthan capital Jaipur to observe bandh today, heavy security deployed
Police personnel try to douse tyres, lit on fire by members of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) during their protest against the killing of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur, in Jodhpur.
A Jaipur bandh has been called in protest of the murder of a Hindu tailor in Udaipur on Thursday, Patrika reported. Several schools and markets in the city are likely to remain closed, but essential services are not covered by the bandh. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other trade associations, including the Rajasthan Shopkeepers Federation, have extended their support for the bandh.
Police will also be stationed in every nook and cranny of Jaipur, Times Of India reported citing an official.
“Apart from the force at police stations, at least 2,800 policemen would be deployed in the city. . Surveillance would be conducted through drone cameras. We will not let anyone indulge in any unlawful activity. I urge those who have given the bandh call to maintain peace and order during the protests,” said ACP (crime) Ajay Pal Lamba.
On Wednesday, representatives from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Bajrang Dal, the Vyapar Mandal, and other organisations held a meeting in this regard. Satish Poonia, the state president of the BJP, was also present at the meeting. Poonia stated that the state’s law and order situation is in jeopardy as a result of the Udaipur incident and that the BJP is also in support of the bandh.
Following the meeting, a message was sent to the BJP Jaipur to ensure the success of the bandh in all mandals. They were asked to appeal to local traders and business circles to support the bandh, Patrika further reported citing sources.
Meanwhile, chief minister Ashok Gehlot also announced financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh to the dependent family of the deceased.
Calling the incident a “terrorist act”, he said links of the accused in the case have been traced to international organisations involved in illegal activities, adding that the guilty will be given strict punishment without any delay.
Two Muslim men with a cleaver murdered the tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, in Udaipur and posted videos online that said they were avenging an insult to Islam, triggering stray cases of violence in the Rajasthan city, a part of which was placed under curfew.