A day of protests in heritage city

A day of protests in heritage city

The city was witness to a series of protests over several issues on Wednesday.

While activists of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing and Karunadu Janashakti Vedike staged a protest demanding the arrest of K Marigowda, former ZP president and a close aide of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, members of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (DSS) condemned atrocities against dalits and Valmiki Charitable Trust staged a protest, demanding a judicial probe into defacing of the idol of Chikamma Chikkadevi in H D Kote taluk.

Members of DSS, who staged a protest in front of the Town Hall, alleged that the dalits were being attacked over cow slaughter and other issues. “Such incidents have become rampant after BJP-led NDA alliance came to power at the Centre, they alleged.

The members also condemned BJP leader Dayashankar Singh for his derogatory remarks against BSP supremo Mayawati.  DSS district unit convener Alagud Shivakumar, community leaders Kiranguru Swamy, and Malahalli Narayan led the protest.

Popular Front of India (PFI) activists condemned Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for abusing dalit youths in Somnath district of Gujarat for allegedly possessing beef.  The activists demanded stringent action against the perpetrators.

‘Arrest Marigowda’
Activists of the BJP youth wing staged a protest, against the state government and City police for not arresting Marigowda, in front of Nazarbad police station in the city.

Marigowda is absconding since 23 days after Deputy Commissioner C Shikha lodged a complaint, charging him and others for harassment and physical obstruction, with Nazarbad police. Marigowda and his aides had harassed the DC at the Government Guest house on July 3, when Siddaramaiah was hosted an Iftar party.

The agitators alleged that a local court has rejected his bail plea, the High Court has rebuked him, but the police are not bothered to arrest him.

Members of KJV staged a protest in front of Gandhi Square demanding arrest of Marigowda.

Judicial probe
Representatives of Valmiki Charitable Trust staged a protest in front of the DC’s office, demanding a judicial probe into the defacing of the idol of Chikamma Chikkadevi in H D Kote taluk.

The incident has hurt the religious sentiments of lakhs of devotees and also given rise to several suspicions, they alleged. Trust president Ningaraju, secretary M Nagendra Yadakola and others were present.

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