Tipu Jayanti: Protests turn violent; Sec 144 imposed in Kodagu
Tipu Jayanti: Protests turn violent; Sec 144 imposed in Kodagu
10 November, 2017, 11:23
On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court refused to put a stay on Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations, slated to be celebrated across the state on November 10.
Prohibitory orders are in place in five districts of Karnataka, The Times of India reported, adding that police has been deployed in large numbers in the districts of Srirangapatna, Kodagu, Coimbatore, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi-Dharwad.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Robert Rosario, a representative of Kanara Chistians, said the group has been opposing Tipu Jayanti for the last two years as there were historical facts showing the tyranny by Tipu Sultan on Christians.
However, the Congress government views Tipu Sultan as a patriot, who fought against the British. But the decision met with resistance from the right wing which sees him as a bigoted tyrant who forcefully converted thousands and killed thousand others. A year ago celebrations were rather peaceful, although protests continued with a lot of security in place.
The controversy was further spurted when the President Ram Nath Kovind hailed Tipu Sultan, saying he died a heroic death fighting the British, remarks that came in the backdrop of protests by the BJP in Karnataka against the glorification of the 18th century Mysore ruler.
The workers had been protesting against Tipu Jayanti celebrations. "The government itself is conducting the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations and in the various parts of Bangalore city they will be some celebration for which we have made elaborate arrangements", the commissioner said.
Apart from banning liquor in the state, "About 200 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserved Police (KSRP), City Armed Police and City Armed Forces (CAR) and 6,000 Home Guards have been deployed in sensitive areas till Saturday morning", Pant stated.
Ahead of Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations, the district administration has imposed Section 144 and security has been heightened to maintain law and order in the district.
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