Four people have been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in Karnataka’s Shivamogga amid community tension over a banner featuring an image of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
One of the defendants suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while police brought them home. The man is believed to have tried to attack the officers, they said.
BM County Sheriff Laxmi Prasad said heavy force is on site to prevent any outbreaks and the bans will take effect in the next 48 hours. Schools in the area have been ordered to close for the next two days.
According to reports, community clashes in the area broke out after a group allegedly removed a poster of Savarkar and placed one of the Tipu Sultan.
Prior to that, the Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations had caused a confrontation between his followers and the BJP and its ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.
The violence in Shivamogga comes amid a war of words between the ruling BJP and the Opposition over the state BJP government’s omission of a photo of Jawharlal Nehru and a pose of Sarvarkar in an advertisement for the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. .
The BJP ruling said it was a deliberate decision. BJP spokesman Ravi Kumar said: “Because of Nehru, India was divided into India and Pakistan. That’s why his photo was omitted in the newspaper.”
Opposition leaders took aim at the state government over the move and demanded the resignation of Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
“It’s a shame about India’s democracy and freedom. India is celebrating 75 years of Independence. Prime Minister should fire Basavaraj Bommai, we ask for an apology,” Parliament Chief DK Shivakumar said.