Police in Udaipur fired in the air after people blocking the Udaipur-Salumber road pelted them with stones on Monday morning. The agitators were demanding arrest of people responsible for a murder.
Later, the protesters torched four police vehicles and two government buses, leading to a lathi charge and more deployment of police force.
More than a dozen police personnel were hurt in the clash.
A police inspector received head injury and a civilian was also among those injured in the violence in Jawar area, nearly 40 km from the Udaipur district headquarter.
Police said more than 50 people had been rounded up after the violence.
Hundreds of women from the Patel community from Piladar village blocked the Udaipur-Salumber road around 9am on Monday to demand arrest of people responsible for killing of one of the villagers, Ramesh Patel.
When police tried to convince them to lift the blockade, they pelted cops with stones and set four police vehicles on fire.
Police charged at them with lathis to disperse them and later fired in the air, said Udaipur Range inspector general of police Binita Thakur.
The protesters also torched two buses of Rajasthan State Roadways Transport Corporation. The road was blocked for more than three hours.
Udaipur superintendent of police Kailash Bishnoi rushed to Piladar after the violence and more force was deployed to bring the situation under control.
Police said Ramesh Patel went missing last week and his body was found on Friday in the forest near the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. The Patels got agitated after the body was found and began demonstration to demand arrest of Ramesh Patel’s killers.
Police arrested few suspects but the villagers continued to protest as they said the real culprits had not been arrested.
“As per the primary investigation, police found the involvement of two men and they were arrested. The family and other men from their side want to name some other persons as accused and were demanding their arrest,” Thakur said.
The situation remained tense in the village until Monday evening.
Markets remained closed in the area and there was a heavy deployment of police, said additional SP (Rural) Dashrath Singh.
Jul 15, 2019 23:55 IST