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Situation in Mangaluru under control and ‘peaceful,’ says Police

Kerala Road Transport Corporation suspends bus services to Mangaluru

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, December 20:- Situation in violence-hit Mangaluru, where two people were killed during protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Thursday (December 19), is “absolutely peaceful” and “under control,” a senior police official said on Friday.

With curfew in place, movement of people has been scarce. Educational institutions were closed on Friday.

“Situation in Mangaluru city is absolutely peaceful, no incident has been reported in the night, police have been deployed all across the city. Curfew is in force till midnight of December 22 and all internet services have been suspended in public interest,” Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha told media.

He also said there was no need to panic as the situation was fully in control and there were police personnel deployed all across the city.

Two persons were killed in a police firing on Thursday as protest against the CAA had turned violent in Mangaluru. Police had lobbed tear gas shells, resorted to baton charge and fired in the air to disperse protesters in Mangaluru, as thousands of demonstrators hit the streets in many cities and towns across Karnataka on Thursday defying prohibitory orders.

Despite prohibitory orders as demonstrations had turned violent in Mangaluru, police clamped curfew in parts of the city until Friday night, and later extended it in the entire Mangaluru commissionerate limits till December 22 midnight.

The Karnataka government had on Thursday night also issued a notification prohibiting mobile internet data service of all service providers for the next 48 hour in the jurisdiction of Mangaluru City and Dakshina Kannada district.

North Kerala put on high alert

The Kerala police has been directed to maintain high vigil in northern districts of the state in the wake of the killing of two people in police firing in Mangaluru in neighbouring Karnataka during protests against Citizenship Amendment Act.

In a Thursday night alert, state DGP D Loknath Behera instructed the force to be on high alert especially in the districts of Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kasaragod and Kannur, an official statement said here.

The Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has suspended bus services to Mangaluru.

State Transport Minister, A K Saseendran told reporters here that the service would be resumed only after the situation there comes under control.

Police sources said protesters defying prohibitory orders attempted to lay siege to the Mangalore North police station and tried to attack police personnel, following which force was used to disperse them.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday claimed that the violence that took place in Mangaluru city during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 happened due to “some traitors and few people from a neighbouring state, Kerala said during his visit to New Delhi.

He told media, “Due to misinformation these protests are happening across the state. Some elements are misguiding. Some of the protesters were prepared to set ablaze Mangalore North police station it was then police shoot them.”Two people were killed and 20 police personnel were injured in violence during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in Mangaluru on Thursday.

Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, BJP national general secretary (Org) BL Santhosh alleged that Congress MLA UT Khader is “directly responsible for the loss of two lives in Mangaluru police firing,” and demanded that Khader should be booked under law.

Entry restricted to Mangaluru city

Entry of those coming from Kerala to this city was restricted at Thalappady border as police were checking identity cards before allowing them in emergency cases.

At least 50 men and women who had arrived by a train from Kerala were taken into custody for trying to enter the city without identity cards.

Media persons were also detained for entering the premises of the Government Wenlock hospital where the post- mortem of those killed in the firing on Thursday was underway.

Their cameras and mobile phones were also seized.

Mobile internet has been shut in Mangaluru and the same will continue till December 22 midnight, a statement from city police commissioner P S Harsha said.

An uneasy calm prevailed in the city in the morning without any major untoward incident reported from any part in the presence of a heavy police force.

Siddaramaiah, HD Kumaraswamy attack state government over deaths

Former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday launched an attack on the BS Yediyurappa-led state government after two people lost their lives and 20 police personnel sustained injuries in violence that erupted during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

“Two youths have been killed in Mangaluru due to the conspiracy of BJP, its objective of divide and rule and the lack of capability of the government. My condolences to the families of the deceased. I also request the protestors to maintain peace. #IndiaAgainstCAA #RevokeSec144,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

Kumaraswamy also took to Twitter and asked the BJP government in the state, “Why the state government killed two innocents who were protesting against the Act?” (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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