6 Jul 2009, 2132 hrs IST, TNN
MYSORE: The city police on Monday picked up Popular Front of India (PFI) leader Kaleem on charges of inciting communal violence in the trouble-torn Mysore suburb and extended prohibitory orders imposed in four police station limits till July 13.
While the Udayagiri suburb remained tense, the police have beefed up security in the area in the aftermath of Kaleem’s arrest. Kaleem is named as an accused in the FIR filed at Udayagiri police station for the case related to desecration of religious school. He is accused of obstructing the public officials (police) from carrying out their duty at the school and inciting the communal violence, police commissioner Sunil Agarwal explained.
A senior official said Kaleem managed to escape when they raided some of the areas in Kyathanamaranahalli in the wee hours of Saturday.
In all 14 activists of PFI, a part of Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) which is under the police scanner, were taken into custody after Kaleem addressed a press conference at the Mysore press club. When they were searched, the police found a knife in possession of one of the activists. An autorickshaw used by Kaleem to arrive at the press club was also seized. Deputy commissioner P Manivannan, city magistrate and police commissioner authorized the police officials to round up Kaleem when they got wind that he is addressing a press meet. He was allowed to explain his position and was picked up when the meet was over.
Before his arrest, Kaleem said the PFI has nothing to do with the recent violence in the city and accused Sri Rama Sene leader Pramodh Mutalik of hatching a plot to create disturbance in the area. Mutalik visited the trouble-torn Kyathanamaranahalli about four weeks back, he pointed out. While the post mortem has stated that 14-year-old Junaid died due to stabbing, Kaleem said it was because of police firing.
Meanwhile, the condition of injured BJP leader Giridhar is stable. BJP MLA S A Ramadass, CM’s parliamentary secretary, met him at the private hospital.
DC P Manivannan has sent a report about the law and order situation in Mysore in the aftermath of violence that claimed three lives and injured scores others to chief secreatry Sudhakar Rao.The report is likely to be forwarded to governor H R Bharadwaj.
6 Jul 2009, 2153 hrs IST, PTI
MYSORE: Fourteen people were arrested on Monday for allegedly inciting violence that broke out in various parts of the city over alleged desecration of a madrasa which left three dead and six others injured.
Police said the men owing allegiance to ‘Popular Front of India’ were taken into custody as they were emerging out from the Journalists’ Association Building here after addressing the media.
Some knives were recovered from the activists who were alleged to have been inciting the violence, they said.
Meanwhile, the riot-affected areas remained incident-free as the district administration extended prohibitory order issued under Section 144 CrPC in parts of the city.
Clashes broke out over the alleged desecration of a Madrasa at Udayagiri area here on July 2.