More than 30 policemen were injured in a clash with hundreds of activists of right-wing groups protesting in support of Shambu Lal Regar, who killed West Bengal labourer Mohammed Afrazul raising the bogey of “love-jihad”, in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Thursday.
The clash between protesters and the police took place near Court Circle in Udaipur around 5 pm. According to Dainik Bhaskar, the protesters also unfurled a saffron flag at the entrance of the District and Sessions court. More than 20 protesters were detained.
(According to Dainik Bhaskar, the protesters unfurled a saffron flag atop court's main gate. Photo credit: Dainik Bhaskar)
The police tried to control the situation by lathi-charging, but the situation got worse. The protesters went up to the court. Subsequently, clash broke out between lawyers and the police as well as the protesters on the court premises, the Dainik Bhaskar report added.
Sudhir Joshi, additional superintendent of police, was among those injured in the clash, the report added.
Udaipur inspector general of police Anand Srivastava said the prohibitory orders will continue for a couple of days depending on the situation.
Regar had hacked Afrazul and then burnt him alive last week. He also got his nephew to shoot the entire crime on a mobile phone.
On Wednesday, many protests broke out demanding death penalty forRegar. The protesters also shouted slogans against right-wing groups, reported News18. Friday's demonstration by the right-wing groups in Udaipur was in response to that.
Meanwhile, the police in Rajsamand have frozen a bank account with deposits of around Rs 3 lakh “collected in the name” of Regar, reported The Indian Express.
Police officers told the daily that the money was donated by 516 people from across the country to the account being operated in the name of Regar’s wife Sita. The police have also arrested two businessmen for allegedly circulating images on social media of receipts acknowledging their donations to the account. The police crackdown followed an alert that a message was being circulated on social media with details of the bank account, and an appeal seeking donations for Regar’s family.