In a disturbing turn of events, an enraged crowd set fire to a passenger bus and obstructed a roadway at Gaughat circle in Bambori village. This chaos stemmed from the recent passing of a local Congress leader who had been seriously injured in an assault the previous month.
The incensed locals responsible for the bus inferno were demanding the apprehension of the Bambori gram panchayat sarpanch. This demand came in the wake of the demise of the politician on Wednesday, who had been under medical care at a hospital in Jaipur.
Late Wednesday evening, a considerable number of individuals, primarily from the Meena community, started converging at Gaughat circle upon the arrival of Dinesh Meena Jharkhand’s remains in his hometown. The situation took a violent turn around Thursday noon when an estimated mob of 1,200 to 1,500, wielding sticks and sharp weapons, wreaked havoc. They set ablaze a Lok Parivahan bus and caused damage to several other vehicles, including a police Jeep. Fortunately, the bus was unoccupied, and no casualties were reported.
Baran Superintendent of Police, Rajkumar Chaudhary, stated that the disturbance had been quelled, and authorities were engaged in discussions with the protesters. A significant police presence was dispatched to the scene to restore order.
The tragic incident traces back to July 24, when Dinesh Meena and another individual named Lakhan were assaulted by a group of 15-20 people from Bambori village. The attackers wielded sticks and sharp objects, leaving both victims with severe injuries. Meena’s injuries were so grave that he was initially referred to Kota and then to Jaipur for medical treatment. Tragically, despite medical efforts, he succumbed to his injuries in Jaipur.
The situation underscores the fragility of communal tensions and the need for effective conflict resolution mechanisms. The incident serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by local authorities in maintaining peace and order during times of distress.