Amravati (Maharashtra), April 19 (KMS): Curfew was clamped after attacks on Muslims were carried out by Hindutva extremists over the removal of Hindutva flags installed on mosques and other religious places in Achalpur city, Amravati district of Maharashtra state.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Shashikant Satav, said that 22 persons have been taken into custody after the incident. Many Muslims were injured in the attacks.
Police said Hindutva extremists put up flags atop the Khidki Gate and the Dulha Gate at the main entrance of Achalpur, located 48 kilometre away from Amravati district headquarters.
“On Sunday midnight, some people removed flags, leading to an altercation which escalated into stone-pelting. Police used teargas shells to disperse the crowd,” a police inspector said.
Meanwhile, thirty persons were arrested in connection with a saffron flag being placed atop a Muslim dargah in Veraval town in Indian state Gujarat’s Gir Somnath during an unauthorised Hanuman Jayanti procession, a senior police official said.
The incident took place at Magrebisha Bapu dargah in Vakhariya Bazar area and several of those involved had also taken mobile phone videos of the act and circulated them on social media, Gir Somnath Superintendent of Police Manoharsinh Jadeja said.