DK remains peaceful

Leaders belonging to both religions against approaching SC
Last Updated 30 September 2010, 16:34 IST

Mangalore, which is considered as a communally sensitive region saw a sense of fear psychosis gripping the people as the time scheduled for the verdict approached. While the city was busy with normal activities in the morning, by noon, shops and commercial complexes started pulling the shutters down in anticipation of untoward incident invariably. The shops, hotels, bars and commercial complexes remained closed.

The roads, which had thick density of traffic in the morning started wearing a deserted look by afternoon. Though buses were plying on the road, the number of buses were visibly lesser. Autorikshaws functioned normally.Though schools and colleges remained closed, all government offices and banks (no transaction due to half yearly) were functional with full strength. Couple of national-level events to be hosted by some of the reputed colleges in the city were cancelled in wake of the verdict. Hustle bustle at wharf, the commercial hub of the port city remained as it is but the shops in bunder areas were shut leaving the place lifeless. Scenes were the same at railway station, State Bank and at Central market area.

Adequate number of police personnel were deputed across the city limits. Patrol vehicles made rounds of the city to ensure that no untoward incidents break out. City Police Commissioner Seemath Kumar Singh and Deputy Commissioner of Police Ramesh were seen inspecting the security arrangements in the city and the outskirts personally.

Situation in Surathkal and Ullal, two hyper sensitive areas remained under control making people and police heave a sigh of relief.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, City Commissioner of Police Seemanth Kumar Singh said that no untoward incidents occurred in the city, post Ayodhya verdict. However, as security measures, the prohibitory order will remain in force till  6 am on October 2.

‘We are happy’

Heads of both the religions have expressed their happiness over the verdict. Vishwa Hindu Parishat Convener Prof M B Puranik terming it a ‘good verdict’ said that the emotions of both the religions have been taken into consideration by the bench while delivering the verdict. “The Ram Mandir dispute has been there for the last 60 years and now that it has seen a conclusion, the people from both the religions must come together and mutually decide to end the matter here by not going to Apex Court on this verdict.

If the order is questioned at the Apex Court another 50 years will be lost awaiting for SC verdict. Let us not waste another generation,” said Prof Puranik.

Bajrang Dal District Convener Jagadish Shenava said that it is happy day for Hindu majority because the main issue related to Ram Janmabhumi has gone in favour of Hindus as well. “Nobody agreed that it was Ram Janmabhumi, the land were Lord Ram was born, but the court verdict has vindicated our stand. This moment should be celebrated by offering poojas and distributing sweets,” he said and sought help of the other religion to build Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

MLA U T Khader said that keeping the prevailing situation in mind, the Allahabad High Court has delivered the verdict, which will help this generation to provide a peaceful and harmonious tomorrow to the next generation. “The judgement, must be respected,” he added.

Muslim Central Committee President K S Mohommad Masood accepting and welcoming the verdict, urged the youth in specific to maintain peace. He said that people from both the religions are still free to go to the Apex Court in case they are not happy with the verdict.

(Published 30 September 2010, 16:34 IST)

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