Two policemen were injured in Manavar of Dhar on Tuesday after members of two communities threw stones at each other and set more than a dozen shops on fire after slogan-shouting during Shaurya Yatra procession sparked tension.
Hindu right-wing organisation allegedly shouted slogans against Muslims while taking out Shaurya Yatra procession. The Dhar administration has imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the city and deployed extra police forces in the town. Cases of rioting have been registered.
The incident took place a day after members of the two communities threw stones at each other in Mandsaur after Shaurya Yatra procession.
Police said members of the communities in Dhar pelted stones at each other for more than an hour, injuring two additional superintendents of police deployed at the site. More than a dozen of shops were set on fire by the people.
Shehar Qazi Manavar Jameel Sidiqqui told HT that the administration had not convened any meeting before they took out Shaurya Yatra on Sunday and no arrangements were made for peaceful procession.
“The tension started when some members of the procession forcibly removed religious flags from some houses of Gandhi Colony and then started shouting derogatory slogans,” he said.
He said all the shops which were burnt were owned by Muslim community and no attempts were made by the administration to douse the fire.
Dhar district collector Jayshri Kiyawat said the situation was under control and all measures had been taken to prevent any untoward incident.