PROHIBITORY ORDERS were imposed here on Saturday, as markets remained closed amidst sporadic violence sparked by recovery of a large number of carcasses of cows in nearby Peetyakhedi forests on January four, a senior official said.
In view of incidents of stone throwing and closure of shops in the city since Friday, prohibitory orders were clamped under section 144, district collector Nitesh Vyas said.
Additional forces were summoned from Indore to keep the situation under control, he said adding altogether 30 people have been held so far for interrogation. Sub-Inspector Chandrasekhar Upadhyaya and Havildar S B Singh of Yashodharman police station were suspended while a departmental inquiry was initiated against City Superintendent of Police Amar Singh Baskel and Police Station Incharge Abhinav Shukla for laxity, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Indore range) Varun Kapur said.
Though markets had opened in the morning, shops downed their shutters later following incidents of stone throwing in different localities, police said. The Hindu Chetana Manch had called for a shutdown demanding strict action against those involved in the cow slaughter.
According to a report from Neemuch, a peaceful bandh was observed in the district headquarters in response to a call by the Akhil Bharatiya Krishi Gau Seva Sangh (ABKGSS) protesting the slaughter. Police said no untoward incident was reported.
ABKGSS workers submitted a memorandum to the local administration and demanded that strict action be taken in this regard. In Mandsaur town few miscreants resorted to stoning vehicles damaging glasspanes in Purani Mandi area this morning prompting the authorities to impose the prohibitory orders, Vyas said.
Besides, Jaora town in Ratlam district, Sitamau, Suvasara, Nahargarh, Narayangarh and Malhargarh towns observed a general strike. At Jaora, various Hindu outfits supported the bandh called by Bajrang Dal. Minor incidents of stone throwing at vehicles were reported from there too. Additional security personnel were deployed in view of the violent incidents and bandh supporters moving in the town, officials said.
Five people have been detained under the National Security Act and lodged in Mandsaur jail. They have been identified as Abdul Rehman Makdi, Rafiq, Farooq, Abid and Dilawar, police said.