Tension grips Hubballi after local Muslims oppose demolition of part of Dargah; security stepped up

Tension in Hubballi

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Hubballi: Tension prevailed in Karnataka’s Hubballi after a group of local Muslims objected to the demolition of part of a Dargah.
Mayor Iresh Anchatageri said the Karnataka High Court had recently given permission to demolish a portion of the dargah for a development project, Times Now’s Imran reported.

In a bid to avoid untoward incidents, security has been beefed up around the dargah with heavy police deployment.

Barricades have also been placed in that area.

The town of Hubballi in northern Karnataka, once considered a commercial hub, has become the epicenter of communal politics in the state. In the past, there have been several incidents of communal clashes in Hubballi.

In April this year, Hubballi witnessed communal tension over an alleged derogatory social media post by a student. A large number of Muslims damaged several police vehicles, a hospital and a nearby Hanuman temple.

Student Abhishek Hiremath allegedly posted a video showing the saffron flag at a mosque.

In August, the Karnataka High Court’s order allowing Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at the Hubballi Idgah Maidan ground also sparked a huge controversy in the state.

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