Peace meets planned in DK villages for harmony: DC

District top brass takes decision following Uppinangady incident

In the backdrop of communal violence activities in the district, the district administration will be organising peace meetings in the village levels in order to maintain communal harmony.

Informing the same to media persons on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Chennappa Gowda said that there have been suggestions to conduct peace meetings in the village levels, thus the district administration is planning to conduct the meetings in the villages once or twice in a month. “The district administration along with Police Superintendent have organised peace meet following the incident in Uppinangady. In the meeting, we have clearly directed all the religions to maintain harmony. The top priority will be given for the maintenance of peace in the district and stringent action will be taken against those who create chaos,” he warned. He also said that he would convince the people not to hold any protest in relation to Uppinangady incident.

IGP (Western Range) Prathap Reddy said that he was satisfied with the way the police controlled the situation in Uppinangady. “We would welcome any criticisms for the work we have done,” he stated. He also said that measures will be taken to make the police impart their duty flawlessly. Importance will be given to the internal development of the Department.

“Everyone has the right to speak in democracy. As far as delivering speech in public places is concerned, the organisers are supposed to take permission from the Police Department or the district administration before the speech. At times the speakers cross the boundaries and deliver provocative speech. The speakers should understand their limitations,” he said and added that the investigations are on related to Hindu Samajotsava incident.

Stringent action

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of Republic Day celebration at Nehru Maidan, District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar said that the culprits who are damaging the peace and harmony in the society will be arrested. Stringent action will be taken against such people, he said.

Responding to the way police functioned during Samajotsava, the Minister said that the Police Department had committed a few flaws during the chaos created after Samajotsava. The police should have dispersed the crowd immediately and also should have asked those who spoke provocatively to leave the venue, opined the Minister.

“Hindu society does not support those who criticise and pass derogatory statements on a religion or the God. No speaker has passed derogatory remarks during Samajotsava. Baseless rumours have been spread. Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat has only made statements against religious conversion, terrorism and cow slaughter which are in fact banned by the government as well,” he said.

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