Bagalkot: On Wednesday evening, Four people were injured in a clash between two communities. The clashes are the latest in a series of cases of communal violence in Karnataka, which has been in the news for calls for boycotting Muslims.
Bagalkot Police superintendent Jaya Prakash said, "The situation is absolutely peaceful now. Around 18 people have been arrested from both Hindu and Muslim communities,”. He added that the clashes were triggered after some members of a Hindu group confronted a person named Yasin after accusing him of allegedly teasing some girls. Jayaprakash added that this led to a heated exchange and Yasin brought more people from his side and assaulted the group that confronted him. One person was also stabbed before a Hindu group entered a Muslim locality and damaged bikes and set fire to a vehicle.
While some accused that the fight was over a social media post by a woman doctor. The doctor allegedly posted a message opposing former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s statement against Prophet Mohammad questioning the inaction against her. This allegedly angered members of a right-wing group who went to the police seeking the arrest of the doctor. The local police did not entertain them and refused to register an FIR.
A person named Arun Kattimani was part of the group that tried to file a complaint against the doctor. Another group took objection to this and questioned Arun why he went to the police which led to a fight.
The police have detained 10 people in relation to the violence so far. All of them are getting interrogated. Following the violence, section 144 was imposed in Karnataka’s Kerur district till Friday at 8 am. Schools and colleges have also been closed in Kerur.