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Tipu Jayanti: Protests turn violent; Sec 144 imposed in Kodagu

10 November 2017

Section 144, which prohibits assembly of five or more people, has been imposed in Kodagu, which witnessed violence a year ago.

The women members held the pestle, symbolic of Onake Obavva killing soldiers of Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan, using the pestle when they attacked Chitradurga Fort.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the Congress-led government is anxious about Tipu Sultan instead of the state's public.

Addressing the protesters, former Minister S.A. Ramdas said that the demonstration has been organised to condemn the Government's decision to celebrate the Jayanti of Tipu Sultan, who was a cruel ruler.

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"No procession or anti-procession will be permitted in the city".

"We are not giving permission to any procession, whether it is in favour of Tipu Jayanti or against it".

"We have not made any preventive arrests so far but if the situation rises, section 144 (prohibitory order) may be imposed", Kumar added. All security arrangements will be made to maintain law and order in the city.

He said 30 Karnataka State Reserved Police (KSRP) platoons and 25 armed platoons, besides policemen and officers of city police will be deployed.

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The Karnataka Government, headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, has planned to celebrate the erstwhile ruler's birth anniversary. However, opposition BJP and some outfits are opposed to Tipu Jayanti celebrations.

The Congress government in Karnataka is celebrating the birth anniversary of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan for the third year, Indian media reported on Friday. However, the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) views are completely different from those of the state government, who regard Tipu Sultan as a tyrant monarch for being biased against Hindus.

Asked about the silence of Christian religious heads on Tipu Jayanti, Mr. Rosario said he too was surprised.

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Tipu Jayanti: Protests turn violent; Sec 144 imposed in Kodagu