Facebook comments spark communal tension in Rajasthan

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.
Police said an unidentified person had prepared a fake account and uploaded the picture, accompanied by an unpleasant comment. The police imposed prohibitory orders in Dungarpur and Udaipur till Wednesday. In the morning, a large crowd gathered outside the Dungarpur district collectorate and submitted a memorandum seeking action against the person who had uploaded the material. “The agitators were returning when they clashed with a tribal youngster. The clash was followed by a rampage in which shops and vehicles were damaged,” an eyewitness said. The police resorted to baton charge. Dungarpur SP Don K Jose said 13 people had been arrested.