According to reports, two groups fought over a banner bearing a picture of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who the BJP views as one of its most important figures, in the Shivamogga area of Karnataka. According to reports, the billboard was put up by one group, and it was afterwards taken down and attempted to be replaced by a poster showing Tipu Sultan, an 18th-century king who fought against the British and was murdered in the fourth Anglo-Mysore war.
Soon later, the cops arrived and took the poster away. In order to disperse the throng and calm the situation, they also had to use batons. At the location where the poster was put up, officials erected the national flag.
Large gatherings are prohibited in the area, and more security personnel have been dispatched.
“Section 144 has been implemented. We used lathicharge as a result of the rising tension. We have made an effort to ignore the mob. Checking to see if the stabbing was related to the same incident “a senior police officer from the region named Laxmi Prasad.
The victim of the altercation is being treated at a local hospital. He is stable, the police stated.
Tipu Sultan is being celebrated in the state, which has caused some controversy. The BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, his ideological parent organisation, have criticised Tipu Sultan as a cruel king who oppressed Hindus and Christians, especially those who refused to convert to Islam.
Locals in Coorg, where Tipu Sultan had his kingdom, reacted angrily to the former Congress government’s plan to commemorate Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary.
The violence comes in response to yesterday’s controversy over an advertisement by the state’s BJP government that featured Vinayak Savarkar instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation’s first Prime Minister.
Congressmen claimed it was driven by politics, while the BJP claimed it was a planned choice. The party asked that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai be removed because they said he did so to divert attention away from the matter of a leadership change.