Holi revelries led to clashes, communal tension and violence in several towns of Rajasthan on Sunday, resulting in the death of two persons and injuries to scores of people.
A police officer was injured while trying to control a clash between two communities here.
One person was killed and many were injured in a dispute between two groups over applying colours at Revatda village near Saila in Jalore district. According to police sources, the situation in the region was tense but under control.
A youth was killed in Didwana town of Nagaur district late on Saturday night following a dispute over playing the “chang” in a Holi procession. People from the youth's locality, agitated over the failure of the police to nab the culprits, refused to take away the body and were staging a demonstration late on Sunday evening.
Major clash averted
In Jaipur, a major communal clash was averted by the timely intervention of the police when two groups resorted to stone pelting near a place of worship in the Hasanpura area. Station House Officer (Sadar) Manoj Gupta and a large number of people were injured.
Two persons were arrested in connection with the violence.
Mr. Soni said the Special Task Force and Rajasthan Armed Constabulary jawans were deployed in Hasanpura to control the situation. Half-a-dozen people were injured in a clash between two groups near the Takhta Darwaza in Tonk.
About seven persons, including five women, were injured in a dispute between two sides during the celebrations at Ghadsana-Kundan village in Sriganganagar district.
In an incident not related to Holi revelries, a youth committed suicide early on Sunday morning at Bhadesar village in Chittaurgarh district after allegedly being threatened by a district officer. The villagers took the youth's body to the local police station and held a demonstration late in the evening.