Large gatherings banned until Friday after communal clashes in Karnataka’s Kerur

Three people were injured in Kerur after an argument between 2 groups from 2 different communities led to violence in Bagalkot on Wednesday night | ANI

Three people were stabbed and many others injured after an argument between two groups from two different communities sparked violence in Bagalkot, Karnataka on Wednesday night. The incident happened in the town of Kerur near Badami.

The incident allegedly occurred when one of the victims allegedly tried to file a complaint against a female doctor over her Facebook post against comments made by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

Those stabbed are identified as Lakshman Kattimani, Arun Kattimani and Yamanur Chungin, all residents of Kerur town, reports The new Indian Express.

As the two groups clashed, some of them set fire to several shops, two-wheelers and fruit and vegetable vendor carts.

According to a NDTV report, each side accused the other of harassing women. Police said shortly after the incident, a group of miscreants stormed into the market, torched carts and vandalized bicycles. Ten people have been arrested in connection with the incident and we are questioning them, they added.

Deputy Commissioner Sunil Kumar said, “CrPC Section 144 will be in lockdown for two days starting at midnight on July 6. Schools and colleges were ordered to close on Thursday in the town of Kerur. The situation is under control and the police are investigating the incident.

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Sara H. Byrd