Three men were killed and half-a-dozen others injured after a communal clash broke out in the Kotadi village of Pratapgarh district late on Tuesday night. The district administration imposed curfew in the hamlet and neighbouring areas to maintain law and order.
Late on Tuesday night some youths were returning after attending a programme when a group of five men entered in a verbal spat with them. The tussle grew and as over a 100 men from both communities gathered at the bus stand, some men from a minority community opened fire injuring many. The youths who had opened fire first fled towards Moheda village located nearby even as they continued firing at locals.
Following the tension groups of men set ablaze nearly 20 thatched houses and shops in Kotadi area after which district administration imposed curfew in Kotadi.
A curfew was imposed in the area at 1.30 AM as the matters worsened.
Twenty-one-year-old Raja Khan of Kotadi village, Bhanwar Singh (50) and Dinesh Kumar (25) both from Moheda village died, while six others injured and are receiving treatment at a hospital in Udaipur.
Meanwhile, communal tension spread on Wednesday as members of both communities indulged in arson.
Members of one community targeted another and damaged and vandalized three shops in Dalot village; a showroom and one house at Salamgarh were set ablaze though no one was reported to be injured in the incidents. Tension also simmered in Moreda village.
Police claimed that they have identified those responsible for the arson and additional forces have already been deployed in the area.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the incident as unfortunate. In her message, Raje appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony and urged people to not pay attention to rumors.
Late on Wednesday evening, the state government announced a compensation of Rs5 lakh to the family members of the deceased. Meanwhile, the state BJP also announced compensation of Rs1 lakh to the family members of the deceased.