At least two policemen were injured in Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur on Friday when a protest march against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua turned violent, Patrika reported. The police detained a few protestors and deployed heavy forces in the town after the incident.
Protestors reportedly began a march from a mosque near Iqbal Chowk after Friday prayers and started shouting slogans seeking death penalty for the rapists. Around 1,000 agitators participated in the march, according to Dainik Bhaskar.
They asked shops on the way to shut down, and soon, some agitators started vandalising shops and vehicles around a bus stand, in Shanvara Square, Gandhi Square and Kamal Square, The Times of India reported. Many shopkeepers downed their shutters and some reportedly got into fights with the protestors.
After the police intervened, the agitators reportedly threw stones at them, after which the police baton-charged some protestors. Three protestors were also injured in the clashes, according to Dainik Bhaskar.
District Magistrate Satyendra Singh told The Times of India that the violence broke out after the group submitted a memorandum on the Kathua rape and murder to Sub-Divisional Magistrate Sohan Kalash. “The police reached in strength and gained control of the situation,” he said.