After a peaceful Friday of namaaz and Basant Panchami pooja, tension flared up in Dhar again on Saturday afternoon, as some youths pelted stones at the local office of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Sources said the youths were “upset” that Hindu right-wing organisations caved in to administration’s pressure and did not take any action to stop the namaaz performed on Basant Panchami in Bhojshala premises of Dhar, about 65 km from Indore,
Superintendent of Police (Dhar) Rajesh Hingankar and collector Sriman Shukla rushed to the spot. Police registered a case against 14 people for stone-pelting and arrested four of them.
A face-off between right-wing Hindu groups and the administration blew over after Muslims offered Friday namaaz under heavy security at the disputed shrine claimed by both communities.
At a press conference later, right-wing groups claimed that no namaaz was offered. Vijay Singh Rathore, patron of Bhoj Utsav Samiti, said that Hindus offered puja between 1pm-3pm, which is not allowed as per guidelines of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
While windows at RSS office were broken, no injuries were reported. Sources said stones were also thrown at Rathore’s house.
With Section 144 of the CrPc already imposed in Dhar, the situation was under control.
The police also kept a close eye on sensitive places in the city. They also caned some youths who gathered at various places in the town.