Eid-milad celebration: SP says no to bike rally

Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh speaking at the peace meeting organised in connection with forthcoming Eid-milad celebrations in Hassan, on Saturday. Superintendent of Police K V Sharathchandra, MLA H S Prakash, City Municipal Council President C R Shankar, Additional Superintendent of Police Yallappa and others are seen. DH photo

Superintendent of Police K V Sharathchandra on Saturday said that the department would not allow a bike rally which would be held as part of Eid-Milad celebrations, on February 16.

This was decided at a peace committee meeting held to ensure that the festival passes off peacefully in the city without any untoward incidents.

The SP sought the co-operation of general public and leaders of all communities for holding the festival in a peaceful manner. Nobody should encourage the youths belonging to their respective communities to indulge in any sort of violence.

They should advise the youths to remain calm. Anybody who tries to breach peace would be dealt with iron hand, he warned. In the communal riots took place last year, as many as 93 persons had been arrested and 43 cases have been booked against them. The city suffered heavy loss due to arson and looting by miscreants.

This time, it is decided that permission should be obtained from the City Municipal Council to put up banners and bunting at public places. If people fear any trouble during the rally, they should inform the police and not take law into their hands.

Deputy Commissioner Naveenraj Singh said the festival should be celebrated without hurting the sentiments of other communities. Of late, people are celebrating the festivals under fear which any happiness.

The violence, loss of life and damage to private and public property would create bad impact on the kids.

Cases of street fighting, eve teasing and other violent behaviour by youths were increasing in city. Stern action would be initiated against such miscreants, he noted.On the occasion, MLA H S Prakash urged the Hindus and the other communities to co-operate with the Muslim brethren for the peaceful celebrations of Eid-Milad.

Former president of CMC, Channaveerappa regretted for whatever happened last year in the city and said the Hassan’s image as a peaceful city got damaged mainly because of urchins and anti-social elements.  The police and district administration should not allow such incidents to recur this year, he added.

Former CMC member Mujeer Ahmed wanted both the Muslims and the Hindus to help each other while celebrating their festivals would give no room for violence. CMC President C R Shankar, Additional Deputy Commissioner Yallappa, Deputy Superintendent Channabasappa, CMC Commissioner Shivananjegowda, Tahsilhdar K Mathew and all religious community leaders were present.

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