Shops belonging to Muslims were set on fire, looted and vehicles torched by the Hindutva groups during Ganapati Visarjan processions in Kukshi town of Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, September 27.

Allegedly three Hindu groups Shirvi Samaj, Patidar Samaj, and Bhausar Saman belonging to three different localities were carrying out their separate ganapati processions and ended up halting at one junction, Patel Chowk via Bus stand.

Competition between groups wanting to reach the destination first resulted in a stampede-like situation in the main market as it cannot accommodate people in large numbers. This further escalated into a scuffle-like situation between the three respective groups.

On receiving the information, Dhar Superintendent of Police Manoj Singh and Collector Priyanka Mishra reached Kukshi and controlled the situation.

The matter which settled for some time took a communal turn when allegedly Hindu groups played provocative songs on DJ and raised communal slogans in front of a mosque late at night leading to friction which led to stone pelting.

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