Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, warned on 7 June that anyone in the state who breaks the law will face harsh punishment. His comments come in light of the widespread demonstrations that occurred in Kolhapur in response to a social media post that was said to glorify Mughal emperor Aurangzeb while demeaning a Maratha national symbol.
“Maharashtra me achanak kuch jilo me Aurangzeb ki auladien paida hui hain (In some districts of Maharashtra, some children of Aurangzeb have suddenly appeared). They are posting pictures and status on social media of Aurangzeb, which is causing ill-will in society,” he said.
“The question is where have Aurangzeb’s children suddenly come from, where were they born, and who is behind this?” he said.
Although the matter is now under control, stern punishment will be taken against those responsible, according to Fadnavis.
Massive protest in Maharashtra
On Wednesday morning, Kolhapur witnessed widespread protests as members of several right-wing organisations gathered at the Shivaji Maharaj Chowk about 10 am and began yelling anti-accused chants against the two accused for having posted a status praising the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
“We will not tolerate the glorification of Mughal leaders on our Maratha land. We are ready to pick up swords for the protection of Hindu society. This will not be tolerated,” an aggressive protester said.
On Sunday, June 4, around nine in the morning, four people allegedly carried posters of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in a march in the Fakirwada neighbourhood. The police said on Tuesday that a case had been filed against them.
The arrests were made after a video of the incident, in which a man is seen waving an Aurangzeb poster in Ahmednagar’s Mukundnagar neighbourhood, went viral. Devendra Fadnavis, the state’s deputy chief minister, responded to the situation by declaring that such actions would not be condoned.