Hindu group ‘flew Pakistan flag to create communal riot’
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Six members of a right-wing Hindu group have been arrested in India’s southern Karnataka state for raising Pakistan’s national flag on a government building.
Police say those arrested belong to the Sri Rama Sena group.
The flag was raised in Sindgi, near Bijapur, on 1 January, leading to angry protests by Hindu organisations and the stoning of a Muslim prayer hall.
Police say Sri Rama Sena was trying to create “communal disharmony” in an area with a sizeable Muslim presence.
Sri Rama Sena is a fringe group that claimed responsibility for attacking women outside a pub in the coastal district of Mangalore in 2009, saying that allowing females in pubs was against Indian culture.
Inspector general of police Charan Reddy told the BBC the situation in Sindgi was “now peaceful”.
“It seems they were out to create communal disharmony,” he said.
Hindu organisations had called for strikes in a number of towns around Bijapur to protest against the flag-raising.
But Mr Reddy said police investigations had led them to members of the Sri Rama Sena, a group founded by Pramod Muthalik after it broke away from the Bajrang Dal, an affiliate of the long-standing Hindu nationalist organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Mr Muthalik is the leading suspect in the attack on the women in Mangalore.
Former chief minister and Janata Dal Secular party leader HD Kumaraswamy said of the flag-raising: “It is such a shame. I blame the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the incident. They want to divide society on religious lines.”
Bijapur is close to Hyderabad in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and is a historic town with a sizeable Muslim population.
Police arrested Sri Rama Sena members for the desecration of a mosque in Mysore a few years ago.
The carcass of a pig was thrown near the prayer hall, an act that triggered major riots between Hindus and Muslims.
Karnataka was also rocked by a series of attacks on churches by right-wing groups in 2008, immediately after the BJP came to power.
Activists of Hindu right wing arrested for hoisting Pakistan flag
SINDHAGI (KARNATAKA) – Sindhagi Police of Bijapur district in Karnataka have arrested six people alleged to be associates of right wing Hindu outfit in connection with hoisting Pakistan flag on the flag post at the mini Vidhana Soudha premises – which houses the offices of the tahsildar and government departments.
Police have arrested, Rohit Ishwar Navi (18), Sunil Madivalappa Agasar (18), Arun Vagmore(20), Rakesh Siddaramaiah Mata(19), Mallan Gowda Vijay Kumar Patil (19) and Parashuram Ashok Vagmore (20), all are alleged to be members of student wing of Sri Rama Sene.
The flag was allegedly hoisted on Saturday midnight during New Year celebration in the Sindhagi, a small town 60 km away from Bijapur district headquarters. Subsequently, the town was turned tense resulting series of protests by Hindu right wing outfits across the state, alleging it as an act of men belonging to the minority community.
Moreover, surprisingly, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajarang Dal and other saffron groups had observed town-bandh protesting the hoisting of Pakistan flag. In an effort to exploit the incident, several local political leaders of BJP too had entered the scene by holding processions and cleaning exercise of flag hoisted area.
Now these arrests have exposed the ugly face of right wing Hindu groups, who have been in forefront of protests, say the people.
The same kind of incident had taken place in Bijapur town three years back, but police have failed to book the culprits so far.
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