Jaipur:The controversy over a book written by one of the Bharatpur royal scions, Raghuraj Singh, has blown out of proportion with curfew being declared in the town following an incident of firing.

Tension has gripped Bharatpur town in Rajasthan over reference of the book allegedly putting the Bharatpur royal family in bad light.

Lok Sabha MP and Bharatpur ex-royal scion Vishvendra Singh and his family has alleged that the book is full of lies and the author has tried to malign the image of the royal family through his "malicious" writing. To register protest Vishvendra and his supporters thronged Laxmi Vilas, a hotel-cum-residence of the author.

While the protest was on, a few of Vishvendra's supporters went berserk and reportedly opened fire and damaged properties belonging to the author, Raghuraj, family. Altogether eight people were injured in this incident.

Curfew has been clamped in the city for 15 days after the firing incident.

Vishwendra and his wife Divya Singh had a narrow escape when a few people attacked them at Deeg town in Bharatpur on Thursday morning.

Both the factions have lodged complaints with the police though nobody has been arrested so far. The injured are recuperating at a hospital in Bharatpur.

Meanwhile, a huge contingent of police has been deployed in the area as Vishvendra supporters have warned of serious consequences if the attackers are not arrested soon.

"We were protesting in a democratic manner against the book, but Deep Raj Singh, son of Raghuraj Singh, opened fire on us," said Vishvendra.

He said that the book contained "objectionable" and "misleading" history about the royals of Bharatpur.


"The author has published some documents and letter, which were very personal, only to tarnish our image and to gain cheap publicity," Vishvendra added. He has called a meeting of the people of the village in which future plan will be decided.

BJP leaders too are in favour of Raghuraj Singh including state vice president Digambar Singh.

JPN\ Bureau