Bengaluru remains shut fearing more violence

Bengaluru remains shut fearing more violence

Security forces intensify patrolling to ensure law and order

Bengaluru remains shut fearing more violence

A day after violence rocked many areas of Bengaluru with rioters going on the rampage, an uneasy calm prevailed in the city on Tuesday.

People were hesitant to venture out and streets in residential and business areas wore a deserted look. While a few stray incidents of protests were reported from certain areas, the situation was by and large under control.

Most of the business establishments including shops, malls, supermarkets, showrooms and offices were remained closed fearing mob attacks. A few shops selling basic commodities were open for some time in the morning.

N S Megharikh, City Police Commissioner, who was on city rounds, told DH, “The situation is peaceful except for a few stray incidents in some parts. There is no reason for one to press the panic button. The forces are in place and making sure that no untoward incident takes place. Prohibitory order under the Section 144 which were imposed on Monday will continue for three days. Besides, curfew is in force in the jurisdiction of 16 police stations.”

Megharikh said people indulging in violence and spreading rumours will be dealt with strictly. “We have additional forces on stand by. They were flown in from Delhi and other places and will be used in case of untoward incidents. The forces on the ground are patrolling every street,” he added.

The Rapid Action Force (RAF) conducted flag march in areas under curfew. Announcements were made asking people to remain indoors. Meanwhile, tension prevailed for a while at Hegganahalli in west Bengaluru when a group of persons hurled stones at the police and attempted to set fire to a tyre. The police and RAF took control of the situation and detained around 30 people.

A senior police officer said, “We have detained several people and it has been found that most of them do not belong to any pro-Kannada organisations. They are all youths, who work as helpers and labourers in various establishments here and are natives of Mandya, Mysuru and other places. We will question them as well as a few people claiming to be members of various organisations who have been taken into custody. A detailed investigation will be carried out to ascertain who instigated the violence.”

The state police have set up a helpline at the Director General and Inspector General of Police office here. Anyone from across the country can contact the helpline and obtain information on the current situation in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The helpline numbers are: 1800 4250 100 / 155 365

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu registered vehicles which were heading to the neighbouring state were stranded near Hosur main road. Around 3 am on Tuesday, the police escorted these vehicles till Hosur in Tamil Nadu, said a senior officer.

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