Sathish and Preetam | HENB | Madikeri – Bengaluru | Nov 10, 2016:: Demanding a NIA probe into the killing of 17 of its party workers and several activists of different Hindu organisations in Karnataka, the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and various Hindu Organisations on Thursday threatened to stage a massive protest against government apathy to nab the culprits and celebration of Tipu Sultan Jayanti in the state.
BJP urged the state government to keep a tab on the activities of jihadi elements during celebration of Tipu Sultan Jayanti scheduled on Thursday as it believes some of anti-nationals allegedly killed its party workers.
On the other hand, the state government deployed heavy police force to avoid any untoward incident. Meanwhile, leaves of all Karnataka State Reserve Police personnel have been cancelled for the week and the government has decided to deploy seven companies of central forces in sensitive areas across the state.
Accusing the Congress-led Karnataka government of playing ‘vote bank’ politics, the party said its workers will stage a protest wearing black band at the event.
This was conveyed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh by a delegation of Karnataka BJP leaders led by State President B S Yeddurappa and Union Minister Ananth Kumar.
“Over 17 party workers and activists from various Hindu organisations have been killed in the last one year. Some were killed during the Tipu Sultan Jayanti held at Madikeri last year. It is repeating this year as well. We have requested the Home Minister to initiate NIA probe into the killings,” Yeddurappa told reporters after the meeting.
BJP worker Sunil Dongre from Bidar district is the 17th and latest murderous attack been perpetrated by jihadi forces in Karnataka. Besides, there have been six attempts to murder BJP and RSS activists, he said.
The party is the of firm view that all these murders were perpetrated by workers belonging to Popular Front of India (PFI), Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) and Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI), he alleged.
More than 100 BJP workers, including three legislators, were detained by the Karnataka police for trying to disrupt the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations on Thursday. Extensive security arrangements have been put in place in Kodagu district as the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations had turned communal in the district last year.
The three legislators detained are Virajpet MLA K G Bopaiah, Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan and MLC Sunil Subramani.
In other parts of the state, BJP staged protests against Tipu Jayanti by the state government. Despite fears of communal strife, no such incidents have been reported.
The Kodagu bandh called by Anti Tipu Jayanti Committee, BJP, Sangh Parivar, all the Kodava samajas and few Gowda samajas in the district was peaceful. Until noon, private buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis remained off the road. However, a few KSRTC buses were seen plying in the early hours of the day.
In Kadagadalu, miscreants cut a huge tree to disrupt traffic. In Virajpet, Somwarpet and other parts of the district, poojas were organised in temples for VHP leader Kuttappa who died during the Tipu Jayanti celebrations last year.
Prohibitory orders are in place in the district from November 7 to 11.
Police detained more than 60 BJP workers when they demonstrated against Tipu Jayanti at the Kushalnagar bus stand on Thursday. The superintendent of police of Kodagu Rajendra Prasad told reporters that Tipu Jayanti celebrations were being held without any trouble. He said that Bopaiah, Appachu Ranjan and Subramani, who were chief guests at the official function organised by the administration attempted to disrupt the celebrations and tried to take out a procession. “Police detained all of them as prohibitory orders are in force,” he added.
In Mysuru, a bike rally was taken out from Mandi Mohalla to Kalamandir, where the official celebrations were held in the presence of hundreds of people.
Close to hundred demonstrators, including BJP MP Pratap Simha, former MLCs Madhusudan and C H Vijayshankar were arrested for trying to disrupt the celebrations.
Christians also joined the agitation
The legacy of Tipu Sultan is entangled in a divisive rhetoric of communal politics, and the government announcement has been met with strong opposition both from Hindutva and Christian groups.
While Hindutva groups call the monarch the “butcher of Hindus”, Mangalorean Christians accuse the government of whitewashing documented evidence that the ruler forcibly converted their ancestors to Islam, and killed scores for resisting.
Several Christian groups also decided to take to the streets to protest against the state’s plans to commemorate Tipu Jayanti.
Karnataka Minister watching nude girls on mobile during Tipu Jayanti
Primary and higher education minister of Karnataka Congress Govt, Tanveer Sait in a soup after he was found watching obscene images on his mobile phone during Tipu Jayanti celebration in Raichur.
The act of the minister was caught in a camera of TV9 News channel.
During a lecture on Tipu Sultan minister Tanveer Sait was seen watching his mobile phone stealthily. He was reportedly watching half nude images of girls. But when noticed that camera was facing him he closed his mobile screen.