Tension grips Maharashtra town over social media posts on Aurangzeb, Tipu Sultan

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A social media post that allegedly glorified Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and disrespected a Maratha national icon has triggered protests in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur.

People from some right-wing outfits in the city called for a Kolhapur bandh on Wednesday, which quickly escalated into violent protests.

The protesters gathered at the Shivaji Maharaj Chowk around 10 am and started raising slogans against the two accused who posted objectionable content, demanding action against them.

“We will not tolerate the glorification of Mughal leaders on our Maratha land. We are ready to pick up swords for the protection of Hindu society. This will not be tolerated,” an aggressive protester said.

Some of the protesters fanned out across the nearby areas and allegedly vandalised property. Some vehicles were also damaged, sources said. Police authorities beefed up security in the affected parts of the city and tried to get the protesters under control.

The local police resorted to lathi charge. Sources reported they also used tear gas on the protesters. Earlier in the day, there was stone pelting in the Town Hall area.

Some protesters also claimed that Hindus in India are not safe, while referring to ”Love Jihad” and the recently-released controversial movie ‘The Kerala Story’. They could be seen carrying posters raising concerns about Hindus’ safety in India.

Speaking to the media later in the day, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said, “It’s the government’s responsibility to maintain law and order in the state. I also appeal to the public to maintain peace and calm. Police investigation is underway and action will be taken against those found guilty.”

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