'Vested interest behind riots'

Warns action against those taking law into their hands

He gave the warning in the Assembly session on Tuesday while making a statement on violence in Shimoga and Hassan allegedly triggered by publication of an article in a Kannada  and Urdu papers. He said that some people with vested interest aggravated the situation, but refused to elaborate.

He said that no untoward incidents were reported from both the districts since Monday night. “Police officers have done their best to bring the situation under control,” he claimed.
Yeddyurappa said that it was his responsibility to provide protection to minorities. “Maintaining law and order properly is the primacy of the government,” he said and added that he was in constant touch with Union Home Minister Chidambaram and had kept him informed about the developments in the State.

To a suggestion made by the Opposition to pay compensation to those who lost their assets in the violence, Yeddyurappa assured that compensation would be given after assessing the loss of property.

He said cases have been booked against the daily which published the translated version of Taslima Nasreen’s article. As many as 103 people have been taken into custody in the two cities, while 33 persons besides 25 police personnel have been injured in the violence. As many as 74 shops and 50 vehicles were damaged in both the cities.
Earlier, Congress leader Siddaramaiah alleged that the Chief Minister was not even aware of the scale of violence when he made a statement on Monday. “The Intelligence has failed to assess the situation. The government must have acted soon after the Kannada daily published the article,” he said.
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