Petlawad remained tense for the second consecutive day on Saturday after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) called for a bandh alleging police atrocity against party cadres on Wednesday.
Unidentified people stopped a Muharram procession at Sirvi Mohalla on October 12. Thereafter, a shop was set afire on New Bus Stand, sparking tension. Later, police detained 12 people under Section 151 in connection with the case, out of which four were RSS workers, namely Mukut Chouhan, Viaks Joshi, Prakash Prajapati and Shankar.
The party alleged that the RSS workers were beaten up in custody. They demanded dismissal of sub-divisional officer of police (SDOP) Rakesh Vyas, Petlawad police station incharge Karni Singh Saktawad and 10 other policemen and so, called a bandh in this regard.
BJP district unit leaders and MLAs Kal Singh Bhabar from Thandla and Shantilal Bilwal from Jhabua assembly constituency came in support of RSS workers on Saturday. Meanwhile, Congress alleged that RSS is trying to settle scores with policemen, by creating an atmosphere similar to Balaghat, where policemen were suspended and booked.
Sources say the case has been handed over to district superintendent of police RC Bhakar by police headquarters in Bhopal. DSP Bhakar has already reached Petlawad.
RSS leader Rusmal Charpota said action against the RSS workers is unlawful and policemen should be dismissed and must be booked.
‘Administration is under pressure and a communal frenzy is being created’
Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria said, “Sangh workers are trying to settle scores with policemen. The administration is under pressure and a communal frenzy is being created. Despite Supreme Court’s orders, RSS workers held a chakkam jam on national highway. I would take up this issue to the President of India.”
Superintendent of police Sanjay Tiwari said, “Police are doing their duty and would not allow anyone to violate the law. FIRs have been registered at 10 different police stations against those who held chakka jam on national highway.”