Muslim youths pelt stones at Ambedkar statue in Haveri Karnataka
Posted by jagoindia on March 27, 2009
Express News Service
12 Mar 2009 HAVERI: The town witnessed some tense moments when miscreants pelted stones at the Ambedkar statue and Ambedkar Samudaya Bhavan on Wednesday morning and the tension prevailed till afternoon at Ashok Circle, Sulamatti and Ambedkar Nagar localities.
Dalit leaders and youths alleged that Muslim youths were involved in the act and demanded their arrest. The police, who rushed to the spot, caned and chased the miscreants.
There were verbal clashes at Ambedkar circle and in Sulamat ti between two groups after Id celebrations on Tuesday evening, when people of a community tried to hoist their flag. Some youths allegedly beat drums and created nuisance in the Muslim-dominated area late at night.
On Wednesday morning, all schools, petrol bunks and business establishments in the main areas of town were closed. Deputy Commissioner P S Vastrad said that the district administration had ordered the removal of all cutouts, buntings and flags from open public places.
Later, talking to reporters, the DC said that heavy police force has been deployed in sensitive areas of the town and prohibitory orders have been clamped till night. A peace committee meeting has been called at 12 noon on Thursday, he said.
SP Vikas Kumar told reporters that the situation is under control and no one has been arrested. On Wednesday afternoon, a peace committee meeting was held at the Assistant Commissioner’s office, in view of Rang Panchamai festival on Saturday.
Deputy Commissioner P S Vastrad, Superintendent of Police Vikaskumar, leaders of various political parties and elected representatives attended the meeting. Many leaders alleged that Muslims went around the streets on Wednesday afternoon uttering anti-national slogans like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. But Muslim leaders denied the allegations.
The meeting witnessed some heated arguments. To end the altercation and tension, officials asked the gathering to repeat ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. The Assistant Commissioner’ office meeting hall echoed with the slogan.