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Bhojshala on Basant Panchami, the day after locals attack RSS office, leaders’ houses

14, Feb 2016

No one was injured in the stone-pelting that broke a few window panes but the attack led to tension in the town.
Written by Milind Ghatwai | Dhar | Updated: February 14, 2016 1:55 am
A day after they claimed victory for praying inside the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula mosque during the time meant for namaz, houses of leaders of Bhoj Utsav Samiti (BUS), which spearheads the movement to liberate the disputed structure, and the RSS office were stoned on Saturday by angry Hindu activists, who alleged a sellout.
The anger against the leaders had started building up from Friday evening, when local Hindus started voicing their displeasure publicly and on social media, within hours of the BUS and Dharma Jagaran Manch (DJM) withdrawing their call to boycott the puja, claiming that the administration had accepted all their demands.
The sudden change of stand around 1.15 pm, by which time the administration had managed to hold a token namaz by taking a few Muslims on the rooftop, left Hindu devotees confused because till that point, they had been asked not to enter the shrine and instead make offerings at a havan kund outside. Thousands of them had heard the announcements repeatedly on the public address system.


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