‘9 heads pending..’: Karnataka Godman incites violence against Muslims

He has in the past been arrested for calling for the demolition of a mosque in the Mandya of Karnataka, drawing inspiration from Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

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Rishikumar Swami (Photo: Twitter)

By Syeda Faiza Kirmani / Siasat

Violence inciting statements by Hindutva leaders have been adding fuel to the fire, as the Karnataka government attempts to clamp down on the rising communal tensions in the state.

Tensions have been on the rise in the state of Karnataka following the murder of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing leader on July 26.

Two Muslim men were arrested in the case following protests from BJP workers alleging that the government failed to protect ‘its people’. BJP cadres and IT cell members have also reportedly threatened mass resignations and called for bandhs demanding the state take stringent action against the accused.

Tensions fueled on Thursday night after a Muslim man, Fazil, was brutally murdered on Thursday night by unidentified people. A curfew has been put in place to ensure peace in the Dakshina Kannada district.

Apart from a curfew, the state had also banned the entry of the chief of the Hindutva outfit, Sri Ram Sene, Pramod Mutallik into the district on Tuesday. Muthalik is known for his inciteful speeches against Muslims and has on an occasion urged Hindus to pick up arms against them.

One of the many Hindutva leaders who has been making statements and speeches that incite violence against Muslims in the nation is Rishikumar Swami of the Kali Mutt in Chikkamagalur.

This story was originally published in siasat.com . Read the full story here


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