KOLHAPUR: The city police have so far arrested 36 people and detained three minors in connection with Wednesday’s violence at Shivaji Chowk during the Kolhapur bandh call given by the Bajrang Dal’s local unit.
No prominent right-wing functionary figured among the over 350 unnamed people booked in the case.On Thursday, the police produced the 36 people it had arrested before a local court. The court remanded them in magisterial custody and referred the three minors to the juvenile observation home. Police identified the “troublemakers” after going through several video clips of the violence filmed by various people, including mediapersons.
Kolhapur SP Mahendra Pandit said, “We have found these people causing rioting, disrupting public peace and order, destroying public property and endangering the lives of the cops on duty and the common people. We will update the sections if required as per the findings of our investigation.”
A case for offences punishable under IPC Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 427 (mischief causing damage), 353 (obstructing public servant from performing his/her duty) 188 (disobedience of orders) and 109 (abetment of crime), and Sec 37 (1) 3 of the Bombay Police Act (relating to violation of prohibitory orders) has been registered. These sections also apply to the over 350 unnamed people mentioned in the FIR.
Twenty people were detained on Wednesday, while mobile internet services were suspended for 31 hours, till Thursday midnight, after the Kolhapur bandh call by Bajrang Dal over a social media status eulogising Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan posted on some social media accounts, had turned violent earlier in the day.
District and city functionaries of various right-wing organisations participated in the protest. Three cases have been registered at three police stations. No prominent person from the outfits that gave the bandh call have been booked.
A day after the violence, life seemed to return to normalcy in the neighbourhoods around Chhatrapati Shivaji Chowk, KMC Chowk, Bindu Chowk, Mahadwar Road, Bara Imam, Shaniwar post office, and market areas.
Pandit said, “We cannot say at this time whether the rioters came from outside.”

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