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Lingayat, Veerashaiva supporters clash in Gulbarga, 4 held

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    Lingayat and Veerashaiva followers clashed with each other at Sardar Patel circle in Gulbarga city, soon after Karnataka Cabinet decided to recommend separate religion status for 'Lingayat' community on Monday.

    Lingayat, Veerashaiva supporters clash in Gulgarga, 4 held (Representative image)

    According to a private television, the incident occurred when Lingayat supporters went on victory rally in the city and at the same time, Veerashaiva were opposing the recommendation by setting CM Siddaramaiah and his cabinet ministers' portrait on fire.

    [Read more: Karnataka Cabinet to recommend separate religion status for Lingayats ahead of polls]

    The situation went out of control, as Lingayat supporters beat up one MS Patil, a follower of Veerashaiva.

    Police intervened and dispersed the people. Police has taken into custody four people in connection with the incident. Earlier, Veerashaiva pontiff, Rambhpuri Guruji, cautioned the Congress government against recommending separate religion for Lingayats.

    He warned that Congress will have to face the music if the Cabinet recommends for separate religion status for Lingayats.

    The seer alleged that the report submitted by Justice Nagmohan Das committee, recommending separate religion for Lingayats, is biased in nature.

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