On Tuesday, in Kawardha town of Chhattisgarh, a curfew was imposed after the right-wing rally turned violent and the entire area broke down in violence. The rally was attended by BJP MP Rajnandgaon Santosh Pandey. After the outbreak, the police had to resort to lathicharge in order to control the situation.
Some policemen sustained minor injuries while dispersing a mob that has resorted to stone pelting at houses, shops, and vehicles, said the officials. No civilians, as reported by the officials, were injured and some 40 people were detained.
Later, it came to light that no permission was given in approval of the rally which happened after the sensitive issue of removal of religious flags from a thoroughfare which further lead to a clash between the two communities. It happened in the headquarters of Kabirdhan district, some 126 km from Raipur.
At around 11:30 AM, the curfew was imposed as soon as the violence broke out. The rally was lead by right-wing organizations. The situation was brought under control, said Ramesh Sharma, Kabirdham Collector.
Approximately some 100-odd people took to the streets and went on a violent rampage damaging vehicles, attacking houses, chanting hateful slogans, and stone-pelting. Following which the curfew was clamped in the area and police took out a flag march to ensure peace in the area. It has been suspected by the police that the violence was pre-planned as they have got indications that people from other districts had also reached the town.