Shops asked to close down by 8 pm, ban orders in M'lore

Shops asked to close down by 8 pm, ban orders in M'lore

The move follows 6 stabbing incidents, desecration of religious places

The order will be in force till August 22 and may be extended if the need arises, he said.
Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, he said that attempts are being made to disturb the delicate balance in the district. “Since all untoward incidents are being reported after 8 pm, the order will be in force after 8 pm,” he said and sought co-operation from the public to maintain law and order in the district. However, the transport system will not be affected, he clarified.

Meanwhile, a peace committee meeting has been called on Friday wherein leaders of all communities are expected to take part. It may be recalled that six incidents of stabbing were reported in the district in the last four days, out of which four were reported in the last two days. Besides, a temple and a mosque were desecrated in the district in the last week.

IGP (Western Range) Gopal B Hosur termed in the recent incidents as a conspiracy to disturb peace in the district, by some vested interests. Regrettomg that innocents are being targeted, he said, “if need arises, the police will not hesitate to use force.” More than 30 police vehicles would be deployed to patrol the City alone with the help of additional police forces.

“The police have already begun preventive arrests,” he informed.
SP Dr A S Rao and MCC Commissioner Vijayprakash were also present.

Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj has appointed six executive magistrates to take preventive measures, in the district, according to a press release.

They include Port Officer, Old Port (Mangalore North, South and Barke police station limits); Assistant Director, District Youth and Sports Service, Mangala Stadium (Urwa and Mangalore East police station); Special Land Acquisition Officer, KIADB, Baikampady (Panambur, Mulki and Surathkal police station limits); District Officer, BCM department, Zilla Panchayat (Kavoor and Bajpe police station limits); Deputy Director, Fisheries department, Mangalore (Mangalore Rural, Ullal and Konaje police station limits); and Executive Officer, Bantwal Taluk Panchayat, Bantwal (Bantwal Rural police station limits).

The news of DC’s order to shut down all commercial establishments  sent wrong signals to several members of the public, perhaps due to rumours spread by a few mischief mongers. A number of people who called this office wanted to know whether the district administration has imposed curfew. Many others wanted to know details on the “three murders” in the district. As all the commercial establishments shut down by 8 pm, Mangalore wore a deserted look by 8.30 pm. Meanwhile, two persons who called this office said that police were caning youth in City who were unaware of ban orders.

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