Security forces were on their toes in many parts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru, Kodagu and Srirangapattana to avoid untoward incidents in connection with Tipu Jayanti. In a protest held by senior BJP leaders near Town Hall in Bengaluru, there was a demand for scrapping of Tipu Jayanti.
There were also massive protests in Kodagu, questioning the government move to go ahead with the jayanti. Sensing the situation may go out of control, police imposed Section 144. Over 50 BJP workers were taken into preventive custody.
Despite severe opposition to government, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was hell bent on going ahead with the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century ruler of erstwhile Mysuru kingdom.
In the capital city, unprecedented security was in force to keep protesters at bay. When some of the BJP workers, led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, tried to go in a procession to Vidhana Soudha, they were arrested.
In the wake of protests, police have deployed three SPs, eight DSPs, 20 CIs, 170 SIs, 450 police constables, 500 Home Guards, 120 Rapid Action Force personnel, 12 KSRP battalions, 23 DAR battalions, 170 sector mobile vehicles, 24 night-beat vehicles and 60 forest personnel to ensure security.
Famous academicians, historians and eminent personalities have expressed different opinions about Tipu Sultan.