Published By: Pragati Pal
Last Updated: June 08, 2023, 09:29 IST
Maharashtra minister Deepak Kesarkar has held a meeting with several social organisations in Kolhapur in the wake of the tense situation there following stone-pelting during a demonstration against the alleged use of Tipu Sultan’s image along with an objectionable audio message as social media “status” by a few locals.
Kesarkar, the Minister for School Education and Marathi Language, who is also Kolhapur district guardian minister, has urged local residents to maintain peace.
The meeting chaired by Kesarkar on Wednesday was attended by members of several civil society groups as well. “During the meeting, we took an oath that we will follow the path as shown by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. A positive picture emerged at the meeting and it will show direction to the entire state,” Kesarkar told reporters after the meet.
Asked whether the riots that took place at the Shivaji Chowk in Kolhapur were pre-meditated since a large number of stones were hurled at once, he said the matter would be investigated and those behind the incident would be identified.
Tension gripped Kolhapur city on Tuesday after two men allegedly put 18th-century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan’s image along with an offensive audio message as their social media “status”. Wielding lathis, police on Wednesday dispersed hundreds of protesters in Kolhapur after they hurled stones during a demonstration against the alleged use of Tipu Sultan’s image. In view of the protest, internet services have been suspended till Thursday in Kolhapur, a senior police official said.
While personnel from the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been deployed in the western Maharashtra city, police have sought more cops from Satara, he said, adding that prohibitory orders have been issued till June 19 banning the assembly of five or more persons.
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