Tension After Communal Violence, Section 144 Imposed in Shivamogga!!
In a recent turn of events, the Shivamogga district administration has taken swift action by clamping down on prohibitory orders in the Ragi Gudda area. The decision follows a disturbing incident where a procession came under attack, with reports of stone-pelting causing injuries to at least five individuals, as confirmed by the local police
Rumors Sparked Chaos
According to the report from the news media, an agitated crowd reportedly hurled stones at a few houses and vehicles. This incident was allegedly triggered by rumors circulating that the Eid Milad procession had also faced stone-pelting earlier in the day. Watch this video
VIDEO | Tensions in Karnataka’s Shivamogga after incident of stone pelting; police forces deployed in several localities. More details are awaited. pic.twitter.com/KKBokZUL0A
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) October 1, 2023
Police Respond Decisively
In response to the escalating situation, local law enforcement promptly took action, dispersing the agitated crowd and asserting control over the area.
Section 144, which restricts public gatherings, was imposed to prevent any further untoward incidents, as announced by the police.
Karnataka: District Administration imposes Section 144 of the CrPC in the Ragi Gudda area of Shivamogga after instances of stone-pelting and communal violence last night.
— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2023
Shivamogga Superintendent of Police, G.K. Mithun Kumar, provided insight into the situation, stating, “There was a stone-pelting incident in Ragigudda this evening. However, we managed to disperse the crowd, and the situation is under control now.” He further added, “Around 4-5 people sustained minor injuries. Section 144 is in force in Ragigudda to prevent any untoward incident.”
On the stone pelting incident in Shivamogga, Karnataka | Shivamogga SP GK Mithun Kumar says “Some miscreants pelted stones during the Eid Milad procession. Some vehicles and houses were damaged. Based on the video and information, some people have already been arrested in… pic.twitter.com/AkSNE2wrry
— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2023
To restore order, the police had to resort to lathi-charges to disperse the agitated mob. Additionally, they deployed additional forces, including the Rapid Action Force, to the affected area. Authorities also took some individuals into custody in connection with the incident.
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Controversial Content Sparks Earlier Protests
Earlier in the day, the same area witnessed protests related to a cutout displayed as part of the procession. The police had partially covered the cutout due to its “bit controversial content,” which had led to discontent within the community, as explained by a police official.
ಇದು ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತಾಂಧರು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ತಲ್ವಾರ್ ಮೆರವಣಿಗೆಯ ವಿಡಿಯೋ. ಇಂತಹ ತಲ್ವಾರ್ ಮೆರವಣಿಗೆಯು ಸಮಾಜಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾವ ಸಂದೇಶವನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಅನುಮತಿ ನೀಡಿದ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಸರ್ಕಾರವೇ ತಿಳಿಸಬೇಕು.
ಹಿಂದೂಗಳೆಲ್ಲರನ್ನೂ ಒಬ್ಬರು ಉಳಿಯದ ರೀತಿ ಮುಗಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದ ಜಿಹಾದಿ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೆಂಬಲವಾಗಿ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಸರ್ಕಾರ… pic.twitter.com/1lZOVtjEOb
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) October 1, 2023
Efforts to Restore Calm
To mitigate tensions, SP G.K. Mithun Kumar, along with other police officers, arrived at the scene and engaged in discussions with the local residents to bring the situation under control. Additionally, the police have urged the community to refrain from spreading rumors on social media platforms.