Karnataka: Right-wing Hindu leaders actively campaigning for boycott of halal products

News Desk: Right-wing Hindu leaders in Karnataka are actively campaigning for boycott of halal products. In the last few days, the campaigning has gained pace.

On Wednesday, a group of Bajrang Dal workers in Bhadravathi in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district barged into a hotel and assaulted a worker. The following day, a hotelier in the city was abused for using halal products and a customer was attacked when he tried to intervene.

Right-wing leaders Prashanth Sambargi and Puneeth Kerehalli visited a market in Bengaluru’s Chamarajpet area on Thursday to campaign for a halal ban. They distributed pamphlets, urging people not to buy halal meat. But local people confronted the two and sent them back, asking them not to create a communal divide.

Sri Rama Sene founder Pramod Muthalik has alleged that the money earned from selling halal products is being used to fund the bail of jailed terrorists. On March 29, BJP national secretary and Chikmagalur MLA CT Ravi claimed that the sale of halal meat amounts to “economic jihad”.