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Karnataka: Section 144 imposed in Shivamogga following communal tensions

Shivamogga witnessed unfortunate instances of stone-pelting and communal tensions in the Ragi Gudda locality. The situation escalated quickly, leading to concerns about public safety and maintaining law and order in the area.

Nitin Kumar Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Shivamogga (Karnataka) Updated on: October 02, 2023 12:05 IST
Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Police personnel stand guard during Karnataka Bandh.

The district administration has taken swift action by imposing Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the Ragi Gudda area of Shivamogga. This decision comes in the wake of a disturbing incident of communal violence and stone-pelting that occurred in the region last night.

On the stone pelting incident in Shivamogga, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said,"An Eid Milad procession was underway when some miscreants pelted stones. They also threw stones at the police. So far 40 people have been arrested. Our government will not tolerate such activities. The situation is under control now."


Here are the key details of the situation:

On Sunday, tensions flared in Shivamogga's Ragi Gudda area, as an angry mob reportedly pelted stones at houses and vehicles. Several individuals were injured in the process, with rumors circulating about an impending attack on the Eid Milad procession.

Law enforcement authorities swiftly responded to the situation, dispersing the crowd and bringing the situation under control. To maintain order, the police resorted to lathi-charges, and additional forces, including the Rapid Action Force, were deployed to the area. Some individuals have been taken into custody in connection with the incident.

Earlier in the day, protests had erupted in the same locality over a cutout displayed as part of the procession. The police had covered a portion of the cutout due to its "bit controversial content," which led to dissatisfaction among members of a particular community.

Shivamogga Superintendent of Police G K Mithun Kumar and other senior police officers rushed to the scene to engage in discussions with the community members, with the aim of defusing tensions and restoring normalcy.

The prohibitory orders, imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC, are intended to maintain law and order in the area, and strict action will be taken against any individuals found violating these orders. The district administration is actively monitoring the situation, emphasizing the importance of public cooperation in preventing further disturbances and ensuring peace and security in Ragi Gudda.

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