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Curfew in Miraj, parts of Sangli

india Updated: Sep 07, 2009 03:10 IST
Satyajit Joshi
Satyajit Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Curfew was imposed in Miraj on Saturday evening and in some parts of Sangli on Sunday morning following violent incidents, the police said.

Miraj has been tense since Wednesday after a cutout at a Ganesh pandal depicting the historical scene of Maratha King Shivaji killing Adilshahi general Afzal Khan was removed by the police. The cutout was erected as part of the immersion procession of Ganesh idol.

The police said that in Miraj the curfew would be in force till Monday afternoon and till Monday morning in parts of Sangli.

The police said that the violent incidents have spread in parts of Sangli district, creating tension between two communities. Incidents like stone pelting, bandh, rasta roko and attack on religious places took place at Kadegaon, Islampur, Ashta, Tasgaon, Yelavi, Nimani, Limb, Vita and Kolhapur.

The police used tear gas to control the violent mob at various places.

According to the sources, there are 168 Ganesh mandals in Miraj however only six mandals have immersed the Ganesh idols.

The mandals in Miraj have refused to immerse the idols till the cutout was restored.

Despite several attempts, Ganesh mandals, supported by Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu Ekta Andolan, have refused to immerse the idols.

Home Minister Jayant Patil visited Miraj on Saturday in an attempt to work out a solution but workers of Ganesh mandals did not even entertain him. In fact, violent incidents took place in both Sangli and Miraj when Patil was in Miraj.

Sangli District Superintendent of Police Krishna Prakash told Hindustan Times that situation was under control except a few sporadic incidents of stone pelting.

When asked about the solution Prakash said, “We are not here for any compromise. We are here for action and to maintain law and order. Agitators should go to District Magistrate and negotiate with him.”

Meanwhile, Kolhapur city observed total bandh on Sunday. The bandh call was given by Hindu Ekta Andolan and was also supported by the Shiv Sena and the BJP.