Puttur: Communal clash erupted at Koila village in Puttur taluk after Saffron activists objected staying of three girls belonging to another religion in the house of a Muslim cleric.
The incident happened 21 February evening when the Hindutva activists gheraoed the cleric’s house and questioned the Hindu girls stay.
According to Time Of India reports, Mohammed, who is a cleric at a local mosque was not at home at the time of the incident.
The cleric’s daughter Sameena, and her class-fellow Riya, Reena and Soniya (names changed) from GSSS Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women, Mysuru had come to Dakshina Kannada on holiday.
The three girls decided to stay at Sameena’s house.
As soon as right-wing activists learned about this, they created ruckus and also spread rumours on social media that Hindu girls were confined by Muslims in the house. They accused the family of kidnapping the girls.
On Tuesday, at 7 pm, the two communities gathered at the moulvi’s house and came to blows.
Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase with other police officials rushed to spot and disbursed the crowd immediately and brought the situation under control.
When the crowd was dispersing peacefully, a person in an inebriated condition passed remarks about other community which led to clash and the situation threatened to out of control. One person was injured during the clash.
The SP asked the members of both the communities to maintain peace.
The cleric’s wife and the injured person lodge a complaint at Kadaba Police Station
and booked 24 persons in connection with the incident.
The three girls decided to leave back to their college in Mysuru after the incident.