BJP, Hindu group’s attempt to organise puja at dargah triggers tensions, police arrest Muslim instea

In a clearly “biased move”, the police in Indian state of Karnataka have arrested more than 150 Muslims after tensions between Hindu and Muslim communities following the former’s attempt to organise a “puja” at a dargah in Aland town of Kalaburagi district of the state.

The tensions were triggered after infamous Sree Rama Sene, a Hindu right-wing group, announced to organise a puja at Ladle Mashak Dargah in order to “purify” a Shivalinga allegedly located on the premises.

Following this, the authorities imposed prohibitory orders barring members of both the communities from visiting the dargah. But a group of people led by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Union minister Bhagwanth Khuba, reached the dargah and began the puja. However, the they were prevented midway by the police.

The move triggered tensions between members of the two communities. Stones were pelted leading to injuries of several people, including some cops.

“The tensions occurred due to the insistence of some right-wing groups on holding a purification. We called for a peace meeting and it was agreed to allow small groups from both communities to access the dargah,” Aland deputy superintendent of police Veeraya Hiremath was quoted as saying by media.