There are multiple reports about violence in Kohlapur over Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan posts. Some regions are on high alert and security forces have taken control of the situation.
In opposition to locals whom they claimed had posted Tipu Sultan’s image, some groups had demanded a “Kolhapur bandh.” Right-wing activists gathered to protest at the Shivaji Chowk. When the demonstration was over, they were attacked by offenders who threw stones at them. “At this time, 21 people are being held in custody. Now that things are under control, the police superintendent said. Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharastra, pleaded for calm and warned people against enforcing the law on their own.
Conflict over posters of Tipu Sultan, violence in Kolhapur
A “Kolhapur bandh” had been demanded by some right-wing organizations in response to an “objectionable” social media post that featured the 18th-century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan.
Some groups demanded a “Kolhapur bandh”
Some groups demanded a “Kolhapur bandh” in opposition to residents who they claimed had posted Tipu Sultan’s image along with an offensive “audio” message on their social media profiles. According to a different report by Live Hindustan, a sister website of Hindustan Times, the locals had posted signs in support of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Violence In Kohlapur Over Aurangzeb And Tipu Sultan Posts
Protests over an allegedly offensive social media post involving the 18th-century ruler of Mysuru, Tipu Sultan, sparked unrest in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, as per PTI.
At the Shivaji Chowk, a group of right-wing activists gathered to protest. When the demonstration was over, the crowd split up, according to the police. But, according to Kolhapur superintendent of police Mahendra Pandit, they were attacked by offenders who threw stones at them.
“There have been more deployments. There are currently 21 people in custody. Now that the situation is in check,” Pandit told ANI.
Dipak Kesarkar: Those responsible for using Tipu Sultan’s image had dealt with
In a clip released by PTI, police officers appear to be using force to evacuate the gathering. Dipak Kesarkar, the guardian minister for Maharashtra, announced that those responsible for using Tipu Sultan’s image in the social media post had dealt with.
CM Shinde’s remarks
CM of Maharastra Eknath Shinde pleaded for peace and cautioned people against enforcing the law themselves.
“No one who attempts to impose law will be spared. I’m in contact with the local government. The chief minister emphasized that the welfare of the average person was his top priority” and urged citizens to work with the local government to keep the peace.
Devendra Fadnavis statement
Devendra Fadnavis, Shinde’s deputy, claimed that it might not be a coincidence that some politicians fear a riot-like situation and that some members of specific communities embrace Tipu Sultan and the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Fadnavis, also in charge of the home portfolio, was referring to the police action taken this week against some young people who displayed photos of Aurangzeb during a procession in Ahmednagar.
Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), had previously said that the state’s leaders must maintain law and order. Fadnavis’ statement was in response to Pawar’s remarks.
Fadnavis remarked, “I can see right away that all these leaders are speaking the same language. They are receiving assistance from members of a particular community who also exalt Aurangzeb. Only because members of a certain community are exalting Aurangzeb do certain areas experience riot-like conditions.”
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