पुणे Pune: Tension prevailed in Pimpri on Monday as traders and Hindu activists agitated against a proposed slaughterhouse in the Pimpri market. As the agitators hurled stones at shops and the temporary slaughterhouse in Pimpri, a huge police force had to be deployed to control the situation and they had to to resort to mild lathi-charge.
With the agitators also staging a “rail roko” at the Pimpri railway station for about two-and-a-half hours in the afternoon, the Pune-Lonavala-Pune local trains between 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm were cancelled. Shops at the Pimpri market were later told to down shutters.
The local train services resumed in the evening.
Senior police officers, including Pune Police Commissioner Satish Mathur, visited Pimpri to take stock of the situation. Additional police force from the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Quick Response Teams (QRTs) was deployed.
The police said there was a dispute over a slaughterhouse proposed at the Pimpri market area. Agitators have been complaining that some Muslims are slaughtering Cows which are regarded as the Kamadhenu by Hindus. Considering Eid festival on Monday, the civic body Sunday gave a temporary permission to operate the slaughterhouse without knowing the consequences. Citing permission, the local Muslim traders killed Cows and started selling the flesh on the occasion of Eid. Local traders at Pimpri then gathered at the Sai Chowk in Pimpri to oppose it. They had heated discussions with police and PCMC officials till late night.
On Monday, seeing the slaughterhouse operating in the market, the traders and activists of Gorakhsa Samiti came together to lodge a protest. The police said some of them thought the slaughterhouse would be allowed permanently now and they got aggressive. Some agitators then reportedly pelted the shops with stones and tried to shut the slaughterhouse.
The agitators then staged a ‘rail roko’ at the Pimpri railway station around 1 pm and also hurled stones at trains.
The railway police arrested some of the agitators who went berserk.
The Pimpri market was kept closed. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Rajendra Mane said: “The situation is well under control. We appeal to the residents to follow the law. Action will be taken if anyone tries to create violence.”