Tensions continued to prevail in the state ahead of the upcoming Tipu Jayanti with the Congress government keen to go ahead with the planned celebrations in spite of stiff resistance from the BJP and RSS.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been issued in Udupi district from November 8 to November 11 in view of Tipu Jayanti.
In order to prevent any incidents during Tipu Jayanti, Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis issued prohibitory orders as a precautionary measure, according to a report by The Hindu
The Tipu Jayanti Celebration Committee in Kalaburgi district alleged that the police were not allowing them to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Mysore ruler on their own.
â€śWe donâ€™t want to take part in State-sponsored Tipu Jayanti to be held on November 10 for many reasons. We want to celebrate the birth anniversary of the ruler at Shahabad town in Kalaburgi district on our own. However, the police are not allowing us,â€ť Maruti Manpade, a leader of the committee, said at a press conference in Bengaluru on Sunday.
He added that the police had warned them of detention if they held the celebrations on their own.
The police, however, cited law and order issues behind the decision to not allow non-government public rallies on the day. Speaking to The Hindu, Alok Kumar, Inspector-General of Police (North East Range), clarified that indoor programmes would be allowed.
â€śIf everybody takes out public processions on the same day, we will not be able to provide protection. If some untoward incidents happen, we will be held responsible. There will be no problem if anyone celebrates it indoor,â€ť he said.
Meanwhile, police personnel were deployed in Kodagu to beef up security in the district.
Udayavani reported that Southern range IGP Vipul Kumar visited Madikeri and held a meeting with police officers of Kodagu district and asked them to take strict action against those who try to disrupt the peace during the celebrations.
A public interest litigation filed in the High Court seeking to quash an order by the state government to celebrate Tipu Jayanti across the state, will be heard on November 7.