Pune A day after violence broke out in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur on Wednesday, a day after some locals protested against the posting of an objectionable audio message with Tipu Sultan’s picture as a social media ‘status’, the situation is gradually returning to normal.
A police official gave this information on Thursday. He said that so far at least 36 people have been arrested and cases have been registered in connection with the violence. In Kolhapur city, businessmen have opened their establishments and people have left shops. They were seen shopping for daily essentials.
Tension erupted in the city on Tuesday after two men posted an objectionable audio message with a picture of 18th-century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan as a ‘status’ on social media. A large number of protesters reached Shivaji Chowk on Wednesday. During the alleged use of stone pelting, violence erupted.
Police used light force to disperse hundreds of protesters. Kolhapur SP Mahendra Pandit said the situation was under control by Wednesday afternoon and district in-charge minister Deepak Kesarkar held a peace committee meeting in the evening. He said various organisations. Members and communities took a vow to maintain peace in the city.
He said, “Precautionary steps have been taken and along with police deployment in sensitive areas of the city and district, patrolling is also going on.” When asked about the situation in the city, Pandit said, “Slowly.” Things are going back to normal. . Shops have started reopening in the main market area. He said three cases have been registered in connection with the riots on Wednesday. The official said that 36 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence.
Apart from this, five cases related to the objectionable post have been registered. Five people, including minors, have been detained in two of these cases, police said. According to a statement issued by the district administration, Minister Kesarkar has directed the administration to ensure peaceful conduct of the festival involving members of all communities. Various peace committees have been formed to make He directed to form an independent committee to prevent any kind of communal strife in the city.