Id Milad procession stoned, Aldur tense

Tension prevailed during an Id Milad procession on M G Road in Chikmagalur on Wednesday. DH photo

An alert police arrested one person in connection with the incident and brought the situation under control. The heads of all the three mosques in the village said they were hurt by the incident, but appealed to the people to maintain peace at any cost.

The incident occurred when the procession was passing through the college near Havvalli Circle in the village on Balehonnur Road. Stones were thrown from behind the college and one of the stones hit Naveen, a policeman on security duty, on the leg. The public soon informed the police that some people were running away behind the college.

The police managed to arrest Raghavendra, one of the miscreants, while four others fled.

Leaders of the Muslim community held a protest in front of the police station demanding that the miscreants be arrested. The dharna was withdrawn after Circle Inspector Vijay Prasad promised that the miscreants would be arrested. The mild lathicharge by the police to disperse the crowd and the peace meeting held by them helped prevent any untoward incidents.

Cop ‘attacked’

A mob attacked Sub Inspector Ravi and Circle Inspector Siddaiah for frivolous reasons in the city on Wednesday evening. However, Siddaiah has clarified that he was not attacked in the incident.

The incident occurred when police directed that a autorickshaw, parked at the spot where the Id Milad procession was supposed to enter M G Road from Hanumanthappa Circle, be shifted.

Enraged by this, the mob assaulted the police officers, said eye witnesses. Just when the police had brought the situation under control, the procession had reached Ande Chatra.

Miscreants in the procession then threw stones at the police. The cameraman of a private TV channel, a police constable and many others were injured in the incident. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mob. The situation is tense, but under control.

Police said the incident occurred as some people in the procession lost control over themselves.

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