The funeral procession of an RSS worker has turned violent in Dakshina Kannada's Bantwal region. Several people were injured and a number of vehicles were damaged when the RSS workers started stone pelting on police, reported The Indian Express.
Police had to undergo lathicharge to bring the situation under control. Few of the workers were taken to custody and charged with case.
Sharat Madiwala, a resident of Kandur, who gave physical training instructions in RSS shakhas, was stabbed around 9.30 in the night of 4 July. He was closing the family-owned laundary shop in the town. Police said that the attackers had come in a motorcycle and stabbed Madiwala. He was taken to hospital by a local fruit vendor, Abdul Rauf, where he died on Friday night.
Over 1,000 people had turned up to pay their repsects to the RSS worker on Saturday afternoon. The workers started throwing stones and soda bottles on people and vehicles passing the procession route near BC Road, a few metres away from the spot where Sharat was attacked.
The police had to resort to baton charging and lob teargas shells to disperse the crowd. They said around eight to ten vehicles, including a bus, had been damaged during the procession.
A special team has been formed to nab Madiwala’s murderers, said Inspector General (West) Harisekharan. Karantaka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday that the strictest action would be taken against the culprits.
On Friday, Bantwal Police had detained more than 30 people, including BJP MPs Shobha Karandlaje and Nalin Kumar Katil, for violating prohibitory orders to protest the attack on Madiwala.
The police suspect the July 4 incident is part of a series of violent communal incidents of late. Several cases of stabbing have been reported in the last two months or so — the victims being from both the majority and minority communities in a region that has seen frequent clashes between Hindu right-wing outfits such as Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Vedike and the VHP on one hand and right-wing Muslim groups such as SDPI and PFI.