After calling a bandh in Jhabua district on Friday over the alleged beating of three RSS and one BJP functionaries, who were accused of inciting communal violence in Petlawad town, Hindu Jagaran Manch (HJM) has given a call for a bandh in Dhar on Saturday to protest against incidents of violence over the last three days.
The Petlawad police had taken into custody three RSS activists from their homes late on Wednesday in connection with violence that followed the passage of a tazia procession in the town on the occasion of Muharram.
HJM alleged that the three functionaries and a BJP leader were beaten up in the Petlawad police station, and observed a bandh in the town on Thursday demanding suspension of sub-divisional police officer Rakesh Vyas. When the administration refused to act against the SDOP, the HJM called for a bandh in the entire district on Friday.
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RSS leader Lalit Kothari told The Indian Express that the police were biased in favour of the Muslim community and did not act when weapons were flaunted during Tazia processions, but were tough with the Hindu community.
While Kothari claimed that the three RSS functionaries were innocent, the police said Hindu activists had forced the Muslim community to change the route of a Tazia procession twice, that led to tension. The police and right-wing activists accused each other of trying to settle scores over the cow protection campaign.