Large scale violence across the state marred student union polls on Saturday. Dausa was the epicentre where student groups wreaked havoc and torched six buses. Apart from the district, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jalore, Neem ka Thana, Jhunjhunu and Bandikui also witnessed clashes. There were reports of two groups clashing in Jalore during counting of votes. The police had to use force to disperse the agitators.
Students pelted stones in Sikar, Chomu, Jhunjhunu, Kishangarh, Bandikui and Jodhpur during the course of polling. An incident of stabbing was reported from Jodhpur giving tough time to the cops. The administration had to use extensive force all across the state to control the situation.
A number of students and locals sustained injuries during poll-related violence across the state.
Meanwhile situation turned grim in Dausa after thousands of unruly students stopped five trains, gutted houses, burnt vehicles and vandalised shops during the polls. The students even barged into houses and also assaulted ladies in some areas of the district. Violent students also pelted stones at minister of state for Public Works Department (PWD) Murari Lal Meena’s house.
They also took to vandalism at Bandarej, Somnath, Indira Colony, Jadau Phatak and other places across the district.
During the course, students also blocked rail tracks at Dausa railway station and forcibly stopped five major trains.
They also blocked the Jaipur-Dausa highway. Two battalions of RAC along with over 1,500 personnel from Rajasthan Police were pressed into action to control the situation.
Heavy force was also called-in from Jaipur along with 15 GRP (government railway police) personnel to tackle the agitators. The cops resorted to firing and also fired teargas shells to disperse students in Dausa. Four agitators were injured along with many innocent residents.
Agitating students also set ablaze five houses, a roadways bus, a truck, 10 motorbikes, and a number of private vehicles. They also pelted stones at locals thereby injuring a bus driver and three others who were later rushed to the district hospital.
“Two groups of students clashed during polls in Dausa due to which situation turned grim. Two battalions PAC (4th and 5th) have been deployed along with more than 1500 police personnel. We have also called for help from Jaipur. Four people have been injured and admitted to district hospital.
The number of injured may go further,” said Dilip Kumar Jakhar, Superintendent of Police (SP), Dausa district.