The nephew of an RSS functionary whose alleged anti-Islam comment in a WhatsApp group led to communal tension had to be rescued after a large group of Muslims gathered near his home in Sagar town late on Tuesday.
Sanat Soni, whose uncle Dinesh Soni is an RSS functionary, and three Muslim men were booked under National Security Act (NSA) Wednesday and sent to jail. The three Muslims detained under NSA were among several members of the community booked for rioting, trespass and hurling obscenities in connection with the violence that followed the comment.
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Soni and his family had to be escorted under police cover as the protesters pelted stones, injuring town inspector B M Trivedi and one more police official. Trivedi told The Indian Express that a group of 1,000 protesters had reached Sanat’s home after the community objected to his post.
“Had police not acted in time something worse would have happened,’’ said BJP MLA Shailendra Jain.
While police were dealing with the situation, a large group had gathered near the RSS office in Parkota locality. Local RSS functionaries and BJP leaders wanted the police to carry out searches in Sadar locality. Sagar SP Sachin Atulkar went to the RSS office to accept a memorandum from office bearers around midnight.
The SP said he did not want any procession to be taken out because that would have caused the situation to aggravate. He said the situation was under control Wednesday.
District Collector Vikas Narwal, whose sanction is mandatory for invoking NSA, was not available for comment.