Ujjain bandh call on Saturday, that has the backing of Hindu organisations to protest stone pelting on Kawarias and lathi-charge by police on devotees, turned violent at some places in the town after police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse a mob. Twelve people were arrested from different places for hurling stones on police personnel.
Raising their voice against the police action, a few leaders alleged that the police was trying to settle the issue with Hindu organisations after they launched massive protest against city superintendent of police (CSP) Sourabh Mishra, who ordered lathi-charge on Kawarias recently.
Protestors who took to streets since early Saturday morning roamed across the town and forced shopkeepers to pull down their shutters at different markets including minority-dominated areas.
They also vandalised a hotel on Maksi road which remained open during the bandh and a Bolero jeep in Free Ganj area.
However, the situation turned tense at Andagalli when protestors tried to enter the area and were stopped by the police. Police asked them to go back. Following this, some protestors picked a plough from a construction site and tried to attack police jawans. Finding themselves in danger, police cane-charged the mob. Similar incidents were also reported at Beema Chouraha and other parts of the town where police resorted to cane-charging to disperse the mob.