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Maharashtra: Effect of violence in Tripura

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Anti-Muslim violence in Tripura has affected many areas of Maharashtra. More than 50 people, including BJP leader and former minister Anil Bonde, have been arrested after the violent incidents in Amravati. The whole matter started on Friday, November 12, when the Raza Foundation called the Raza Foundation in protest against the violence against Muslims in Tripura. The organization took out a procession in Amravati. There were also some incidents of stone pelting after the procession, following which the BJP announced a bandh in the city the next day. The next day, during the BJP’s bandh, there was a lot of violence, in which some vehicles and shops of only Muslim shopkeepers were burnt. Many BJP leaders were arrested, but police officials told some media organizations that in the Kotwali area of ​​the city, the workers of BJP, Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena gathered in such a large number that they also dominated the police. At least nine policemen were injured and one police vehicle was reported to have been torched.

The situation became so serious that senior police officers from Mumbai had to go to Amravati and curfew was imposed in the city on Sunday. At least 26 FIRs have been registered in different police stations of the city and at least 130 people have been arrested in connection with the violence of both the days. Those arrested include former Agriculture Minister Anil Bonde, Mayor Chetan Gawande and BJP spokesperson Shivrai Kulkarni and several BJP leaders. Bonde and almost all the accused were later released on bail. Police has said that another former minister Praveen grandson Patil is also a wanted accused in this case. Police said that knives and swords have also been recovered from several accused.

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Tension still persists, although some media reports are also claiming that some workers of the ruling party Shiv Sena in the state had also participated in Saturday’s bandh. According to the Indian Express newspaper, 15-20 workers of Shiv Sena took part in the bandh with the picture of the party’s founder Bal Thackeray. These included Parag Gudade, Shiv Sena chief of Amravati city, Rajesh Wankhede, district chief and Prashant Wankhede, corporator from Amravati. Prashant Wankhede told the newspaper that under his leadership Shiv Sainiks had assembled there on their own and it had nothing to do with the party. Even at this time many senior officers of Maharashtra Police are present in Amravati and curfew is in force in four cities of Amravati district. Apart from this, there have also been reports of violence and tension from Malegaon and Nanded. Several incidents of violence against Muslims were reported in Tripura in October.

A procession was organized in Amravati against these incidents. After the events of Tripura, Tripura Police was also accused of unfair action against many journalists. Two women journalists who had gone to Tripura to report the violence were arrested in Assam at the behest of the Tripura Police. A Tripura court has now granted him bail. Apart from this, Tripura Police had also registered a case against at least 102 people for spreading fake news on social media.

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