Belagavi (Karnataka): Locals set fire to a teacher’s house in Kadabi Shivapur village in Belagavi after she was arrested for allegedly posting an objectionable post on social media. (Also read: ‘Do Not Circulate Fake Photos of Martyr’s Body Parts to Invoke Hatred,’ CRPF Cautions People)
A case was registered against the woman for writing a pro-Pakistan post on Facebook. Police said, “She has been arrested and sent to judicial custody. Locals tried to set her house ablaze.”
“We registered a complaint under sections 121 A, 153 and 153 A of IPC. She was arrested and sent to judicial custody. Some villagers tried to set her house on fire but the situation was brought under control.”
Belagavi SP said, “They tried to set fire to the house of the accused more than three hours after she was arrested. She was not taken to custody after they tried to set the house on fire; she had been taken into custody much earlier.”
The youths from the village gathered in front of her house and set it on fire. A portion of the house, including the roof, was damaged.
Meanwhile, some reports said the teacher had put up an objectionable status on WhatsApp. The issue escalated when young men of the village started pelting stones at her residence. The police had meanwhile arrested the woman and taken her to Yeragatti sub-station.
However, angry youths went on to set her house afire.
Members of the Federation of Youth Organizations also reportedly demanded a rigorous action against the woman. Reports said hundreds of people who arrived at the Sangai Rayanna circle later set tires afire and shouted slogans against Pakistan.
The protest continued till MLA Ananda Mamani intervened. While Mamani also sought action against the errant teacher, he appealed for peace and withdrawal of protest. Traffic was disrupted for hours due to the protest.