Eshwar Singh 10 Jul 2009 :
MYSORE: Mysore witnessed a fresh wave of violence on Thursday after a protest march by Popular Front of India (PFI) and allied Muslim groups turned violent in the city.
ACP A K Suresh and a constable received stab wounds while a photographer was seriously hurt in the violence.
The Mysore – Bangalore Road remained cut-off for about three hours near Tipu Circle as protesters went berserk.
More than 150 protesters were arrested.
Trouble started when PFI and Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) activists gathered near the Fountain Circle to condemn the arrests of their members. When the police asked protesters to vacate, the crowd disregarding the warnings, advanced, shouting slogans against the police. The Rapid Action Force (RAF) was summoned to the spot to restrain the 2,000-member strong crowd.
During the ensuing clash, Narasimharaja Mohalla ACP A K Suresh received a stab injury on his face. Miscreants also grievously injured constable Mahesh attached to the V V Puram police station.
Lensman Madhusudan sustained head injuries during the stone pelting. All three have been shifted to various hospitals.
The situation was brought under control after RAF lobbed teargas shells and opened fire in the air. Earlier, there was panic when miscreants pelted stones on shops on Ashoka Road.
By Team Mangalorean Mysore
Mysore Jul 9: Curfew was imposed in some parts of the city which witnessed stone pelting and violent incidents in which two policemen, including an officer and a photographer of a local daily were injured.
In the afternoon four masked men, riding on two wheelers, pelted stones at a Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSTC) bus and a photo studio on a busy street that led to tension. Even as people gathered police had to order lathi charge and lob tear gas shells to control the situation.
Shopkeepers complained to the police that they saw two masked men throwing stones at two shops and running away. The windscreen of the luxury bus was smashed in the incident that occurred behind LIC Office. Police and RAF rushed to the spot and launched a hunt for the miscreants but to no avail. However, normalcy returned to Ashoka Road after some time and traders resumed business.
In the ensuing stone pelting incident ACP Suresh and Constable Mahesh were injured. Besides, a lensman S R Madhusudhan belonging to a Kannada daily was also injured.
Nearly 200 people had been arrested following the incident.
Police immediately decided to reimpose curfew in Udayagiri and N R Mohalla areas which had witnessed mob violence last week, in which three people died.
Meanwhile, additional police forces were deployed in the areas where the fresh incidents occurred this evening. The prohibitory orders under section 144 Cr PC was already in place in the two areas.
Police lobbed teargas shells after lathi charge failed to disperse Popular Front of India(PFI) activists. The situation turned violent following the protest staged by the PFI members on Bangalore Road in Mysore demanding the release of people who were arrested during Kyatamaranahalli violence.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police, a Constable and a Lensman of a local daily were injured in the stone pelting incidents. Police said PFI activists, who had gathered in large numbers and staged demonsotration at ‘Five Lights’ Cricle, were asked to disperse as prohibitory orders under section 144 Cr PC was in force.
But they continued their demonstration, forcing the police to resort to lathi charge. When they started pelting stones on Police, teargas shells were lobbed, police said.
ACP A K Sureshand and Constable Mahesh were injured when the mob attacked them with sharp weapons. A Kannada daily photographer S R Madhusudhan also sustained injuries on his head in the stone pelting incident. More then 200 persons were arrested, police added.