Curfew imposed in Kolhapur after protest

Shoumojit Banerjee

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Thursday, 8th June 2023
Page No. 3
Chennai Print Edition

Tension prevailed in Kolhapur city of Maharashtra on Wednesday following a violent protest by right-wing outfits over some social media status messages reportedly glorifying Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.

Authorities imposed curfew after protesters vandalised vehicles and establishments. Internet services have been suspended till Thursday evening.

On Tuesday, the Kolhapur police launched a probe into the said social media status messages allegedly objectionable to Hindu sentiments, as claimed by the right-wing outfits.

The outfits had called a shutdown in the city on Wednesday on the issue.

In the morning, a large number of activists congregated at Kolhapur city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Chowk. The protest spiralled out of control by 11.30 a.m. after some unruly elements resorted to stone throwing. By noon, a mob reportedly entered Muslim-dominated localities, threw stones, destroyed shop facades and overturned handcarts.

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