No let-up in stone-pelting, random attacks
There has been no let-up in incidents resulting in communal tension, which has gripped the city since November 6.
The police were seen advising owners of shops and commercial establishments, including bars and restaurants, to close. Additional police forces were deployed in communally sensitive areas here on Thursday.
A 50-year-old man, identified as Iqbal Mohammedsab Gouse, was attacked at Patil Galli on Wednesday night. Mr. Gouse was returning to his house at Azamnagar on his motorcycle around 10 p.m. when he noticed a group throwing stones at vehicles and shops. He stopped his vehicle, but was hit on the head with a lathi by unidentified persons.
He was shifted to the civil hospital and then to KLE Hospital. He is now out of danger.
On Thursday evening, Suleman Chand was attacked near R.P.D. Cross. He has been admitted to the civil hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, two young men were beaten up at Kangral Galli in the heart of the city, allegedly for teasing girls of another community. Both of them have been handed over to the Khade Bazaar police.
On Wednesday, some people pelted stones at a place of worship on Club Road when the RSS and affiliated organisations staged a dharna at the nearby Rani Chennamma Circle to protest against what it said was the Centre' s campaign against “Hindu terror”.
Rumours of stone-pelting in some other parts of the city have been making the rounds, only adding to the fear here.
Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said 20 persons had been arrested in connection with the violence witnessed at Chavat Galli on November 6, and the two incidents that occurred at Patil Galli and Club Road.
The arrested have been identified as Arif Gilani Kotwal (27), Moinuddin Munna Khanapure (23), Faeem Gilani Kotwal (27), Mohammed Shafi M. Tashildar (52), Nasir M. Khanapur (33), Inayat Anwar Nizami (34), Faeem Afsar Mistri (20), Santosh A. Akkatangerhal (37), Dhananjay Ramakrishna Jadhav (32), Ramakant Jayvant Konduskar (38), Appaji Yellappa Parvati (24), Suresh Mallappa Yarzarvi (27), Ganesh Arjun Torali (27), Subash Arjun Murge (35), Bhushan Maruti Nirmalkar (23), Raghavendra alias Rakesh Prakash Yellurkar (25), Sachin Arjun Kolikar (25), Ganesh Muniswamy Jalgar (32), Perumal Ganesh Jalgar (26) and Vijay Subramanya Jalgar (27).
While Perumal Jalgar, Ganesh Jalgar and Vijay Jalgar are from Sadar, all the other accused are from different localities in Belgaum.
Mr. Sandeep Patil said more arrests were being made.