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Balaghat rerun: Now protests to dismiss cops for 'thrashing' RSS workers in Jhabua

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BHOPAL: First it was Balaghat where policemen faced ire of RSS workers, now it's Jhabua.  

Once again, Sangh cadre is unhappy with the police for harsh action and for allegedly thrashing the RSS workers.

Local groups associated with the RSS had given a bandh call in Jhabua on Friday, while Petlawad town remained shut for two days.

The RSS workers want action against 12 police officials for allegedly thrashing the Sangh cadre recently. They want dismissal of the policemen including Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Rakesh Vyas, Town Inspector Karni Singh and 10 other policemen.

RSS leader Rusmal Charpota has said that the policemen should be dismissed and must be booked. Also, he demanded that cases regsitered against RSS workers, be withdrawn. The police, however, refute the charges.

Officials insist that there was no high-handedness. In Petlawad, a religious procession was stopped, which led to tension. When complaint was made, police arrested six persons.

It was alleged that after their arrest, the RSS workers were beaten up. Later, bandh was called in the town. Congress MP Kanti Lal Bhuria has said that RSS is trying to settle scores with policemen, by creating an atmosphere similar to Balaghat.

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In Balaghat, policeemen were suspended and booked after similar accusation--a RSS worker was allegedly picked up and beaten in custody. Bhuria alleged that administration was under pressure and a communal frenzy was being created.

Meanwhile, markets remained closed in Jhabua and Petlawad on Friday. On Thandla Badnawar highway, road was blocked which led to along trail of trucks stretching up to several kilometres.

A rally was also taken out and Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) workers gave a memorandum to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate. The memo addressed to Governor, demanded action against policemen.