Tension began on 1st December, 2017 when Hindu organisations protested against the installation of a temporary replica of Prophet Mohammed's tomb. When the situation was about to return to normal, a minor accident between a rickshaw and a bike on December 6 evening turned communal. The rider of the bike and driver of the autorickshaw were from two different communities and their argument took on a communal color with both the communities coming to blows. Though the police intervened, brought the situation under control and arrested 42 people (28 from one community and 14 from another) in connection with the clash, a youth, Paresh Mesta, went missing and on December 8 his body was found in a lake.
BJP leaders alleged that this was the handiwork of "jihadis". It is alleged that Paresh was assaulted and his face burnt before his body was thrown into the lake. But the Karnataka police denies the allegation.
It is possible that the State Government is trying to put the real reason behind the murder under the carpet.
Come on, have a fight. Don't shoot and scoot.