Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said he would visit Dakshina Kannada to take stock of the situation.

Uneasy calm falls over Mangaluru one day after police firing
news CAA Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 08:37

A day after Mangaluru was rocked by protests against the CAA, leaving two dead in police firing, the situation in the curfew-clamped city was peaceful on Friday, barring stray incidents of violence.

The situation in Bengaluru and other parts of the state, where prohibitory orders are in place, was also peaceful with no major protests taking place on Friday.

Roads in Mangaluru wore a deserted look and educational institutions were closed, officials said, adding that the situation was likely to continue on Saturday as well.

However, stray incidents of stone pelting and attempts to protest against Thursday's killing were reported from some places in and around Mangaluru, which police contained by baton charging them.

Two people were killed in police firing in Mangaluru on Thursday as the protest against the CAA turned violent. Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the two men were handed over to their family members for the last rites amid tight security after post-mortem, police sources said.

Entry for those from Kerala to Mangaluru, where curfew has been clamped till December 22 midnight, was monitored at the Thalappady border as police checked identity cards before allowing them in emergency cases.

Eight journalists and camera crew of Kerala-based TV channels, who were at Wenlock Hospital to interviewed relatives of those killed in the police firing during protests were released and taken to Thalappady, seven hours after being detained by police in front of the Government Wenlock hospital on Friday.

A top police official informed the scribes that only those with Karnataka accreditation should report from there in the given situation.

Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah, who held a press conference in the city,demanded a high-level probe by a sitting High Court judge into the police firing, in which two men were killed.

Terming the killing as "inhuman", he alleged that the incident indicated that police themselves incited violence and the BJP government in the statewas trying to reap political dividends by causing communal clashes.

Reacting sharply to the charge, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said that Siddaramaiah, being a former CM and one who has political experience, should know the reality, which was that it was Congress who instigated violence.

The Chief Minister said he along with Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai would leave for Mangaluru on Saturday to know facts about why golibar happened and what was the situation.

"After going there and assessing the situation I will discuss and take a decision on the compensation to be given to the family members of the deceased," he added.

Yediyurappa on Friday evening also chaired a meeting of top police officials, along with the Home Minister. Speaking to reporters later, he said officials have been directed to concentrate on maintaining law and order and ensure that there was no untoward incident.

The Karnataka government had issued a notification on Thursday night, prohibiting mobile internet data service of all service providers for the next 48 hour in the jurisdiction of Mangaluru City and Dakshina Kannada district.

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