Desecration: Peace meet held

Members from various communities urge district administration to be pro-active

The gathering also raised question on the fact that MLA C T Ravi remained absent during the meeting.

District Congress Committee President M L Murthy said that everybody who believes in democracy and secularism are hurt by the incident. He opined that if police has taken adequate precautionary measures on Monday, the scenes would have never got so serious on Tuesday. He urged the district administration to permit the people to call for a bundh.

DCC Bank President S L Bhojegowda said that it is due to the failure of district administration to investigate into such similar instances in the past that has led to the problem on Tuesday. “District administration must atleast act now to avoid future complications,” he added.

“DC, SP and we all clearly know who is behind the scenes but none of us are uttering the name in open because we cannot afford to do so. Please arrest the culprits at the earliest. This is my request from the entire muslim community,” said Athiq Kaiser, a resident.

Noor Mohommad lamented that such an incident had happened in Chikmagalur. “This is for the first time that something like this has happened here. Now it is in the hands of the district administration and the police to see to it that this is the last.

The people who execute the plans are only puppets in the hands of powerful people. You arrest these people who act but forget to nab the invisible hands, which make them do such heinous acts,” he said.

BJP District Secretary Prem Kumar said that neither BJP nor any other political party wants violence. He said that the people behind Mysore, Puttur riots and Chikmagalur incident are the same.

Wildlife Board Member Girija Shankar said that there is no point in taking out a procession or calling for a bundh.  Instead a all religion silent procession should be held to show the people who wanted to break the society in the name of religion that we are still united.

“During Datta jayanthi hindus take procession infront of the mosques and during Mohorum and Bakrid, muslim take procession in front of temples. Followers of neither religion have protested against this so far. Let this culture continue and let the people who wanted to see us fight learn a lesson from our unity,” said Najrul Sharief and Rajappa.

Security beefed up

Superintendent of Police M N Nagaraj assured to arrest the culprits who were responsible for the desecration of Hindu and Muslim prayer halls.

He said 8 platoons of KSRP and 10 platoons district armed force from Shimoga, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada have been deployed in the district to maintain peace and harmony. 

Deputy Commissioner said to condemn the incidents, leaders from all the religions will take out a silent protest march from old taluk office to Gandhi statue.

DCC President M L Murthy, spokesperson A N Mahesh, DCC Bank President S L Bhoje Gowda, TMC President Thammaiah, Urban Development Authority President Ranganath and others were present.

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