Burial amid tight security

Normal life goes out of gear in riot-hit Shimoga, holiday declared today

Burial amid tight security


Sadiq (23) of Tipu Nagar was a labourer. He was killed in a stabbing incident at Amir Ahmed Circle. Sadiq succumbed to grievous injuries on the way to a hospital. Police said that there is no evidence of Sadiq’s involvement in the riot.

The other victim, Latif (35), who was a puffed-rice vendor from Chitradurga. He was hit by a bullet which the police fired at the violent mob on MKK Road. The bodies were handed over to the relatives after postmortem on Tuesday morning.

Superintendent of Police Murughan told reporters that permission to take the bodies to the burial ground in a procession was denied in wake of the tension prevailing in the City. Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey said that the family of the victims will be compensated as per law.

Exams were postponed, ATMs were starved of cash and people were deprived of essential services in the riot-hit City on Tuesday.

The district administration has declared holiday for education institutions in the city on Wednesday also. First PUC exam scheduled to be held on Wednesday has been postponed to March 11. However CBSC 11th and 12th class exams will be held as per schedule.

Passengers who arrived in  City-bound buses were forced to alight on the outskirts since early morning. They had to walk home as city service buses and autorickshaws remained off the roads. Thousands of passengers were stranded at the bus stand as long route buses and those plying on rural routes were cancelled.

The buzzing streets in Gandhi Bazaar, Bharmappa Nagar, MKK Street, K R Puram Road in downtown areas of the City wore deserted look. Smoke was seen billowing out from the shops which were torched in H Siddaiah Road even after 24 hours. Pockets in Kuchalakkikeri, Lashkar Mohallah, Tipu Nagar, Upparakeri continued to remain inaccessible for police on Tuesday as tyres were burnt on the roads connecting the localities. Aspirants who wanted to apply for the gazetted probationary officers exam had anxious time as they had to pay the fee through the bank located in the city. They breathed a sigh of relief when KPSC announced to postpone the last date to apply and pay fee.

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The bundh call given by Sri Ram Sene condemning the violence in the city on Monday, evoked good response on Tuesday. All the shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the day and even public transport was off  the road.
The Education department had declared holiday for all the schools and colleges in the city as a precautionary measure.
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