At least seven people, including two police officers, were injured on Friday when Shiv Sena members clashed with Muslim men in Punjab's Phagwara city, reported Hindustan Times. The Muslim men were supported by members of the Sikh community.
On Wednesday, the right-wing party members forced a few Muslim families in the city to shut their shops during a protest against disruption in Amarnath Yatra because of the ongoing unrest in Kashmir. Reacting to this, a delegation decided to submit a memorandum after Friday prayers, asking the local administration to take steps against the right-wing men.
However, after the prayers, Sena men gathered outside the mosque and dared the Muslim men to face them. They also raised anti-Pakistan and 'bharat mata ki jai' slogans. The situation got worse when a few members of the Sikh community arrived wielding sharp weapons to lend support to the Muslim men.
Police arrived about 25 minutes after the clashes started. Criticising the police's inaction, the head of the mosque said, “The administration was aware of our programme to submit the memorandum, still only a handful of cops were deployed near the mosque. Are we not citizens of this country? Police deliberately reached late as they wanted us to suffer at the hands of these hardliners.”