More than 500 policemen including RAF contingents march to instil confidence among people. BJP sets 48-hour deadline for the police to arrest RSS Raju’s killers; warn of more protests
As part of the confidence-building measures among people, the city police, along with Special Forces drawn from neighbouring states, conducted a Flag March at Udayagiri on Tuesday morning. The march sent warning signals to mischief mongers that they would be dealt with an iron hand in case they create trouble.
The Flag March was conducted a day after the bandh call given by the BJP and other Hindu organisations to protest against the killing of Raju alias RSS Raju. He was hacked to death by unknown persons on Sunday evening.
Normal life in the city came to a grinding halt on Monday with violent incidents reported from various parts of the city. Incidents of violence, including stone pelting which resulted in damage to police vehicles, KSRTC buses, forcible closure of shops and establishments and torching of a bike and an autorickshaw were reported.
Over 500 policemen including the Rapid Action Force teams from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, teams from city police, commando force, Karnataka State Reserve Police and District Armed Reserve began their Flag March from Banumaiahs Polytechnic College on the Udayagiri Main Road and ended at Fountain Circle covering other roads in and around the area.
The Rapid Action Force team included a group of 10 women and had two Vajra vehicles fully equipped with tear gas shells and other mob-controlling mechanisms. One more Flag March will be conducted in the Narasimharaja and Mandi police limits in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, prohibitory orders have been extended in the city for the next 48 hours. On Monday, a peace meeting was held with the BJP leaders that was attended by Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, City Police Commissioner B Dayananda and Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare. A cheque of Rs 5 lakh was given away to the family of Raju.
Raju’s body was taken out in a procession on Monday evening and cremated at the Kyathamaranahalli crematorium. Soon after the cremation, when the crowd was returning, a few miscreants pelted stones at them. The police had to resort to a lathi charge and lob tear gas shells to control the mob.
CM appeals to people
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has appealed to the people not to pay heed to rumours. He said in Bengaluru that the police were capable of dealing with the situation and the investigation into Raju’s murder has been handed over to the CCB.
“The guilty will be arrested soon and brought to book. I am in touch with the district administration and have asked the authorities to take stringent action against those who create trouble and disturb communal harmony,” the CM said.
48-HOUR DEADLINE TO ARREST KILLERS
BJP has set a 48-hour deadline for the police to arrest the killers of Raju. Speaking to reporters, Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha said that the party workers would launch a series of protests in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office if the killers were not arrested within two days.
He also stated that the party demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh from the government to Raju’s family on humanitarian grounds. The third demand of the party would be to set up a judicial commission to probe the killing of Raju. “There is a complete failure of the district administration here and we demand a probe by the judicial commission,” the MP said.