Mysuru, November 10:- Tipu Sultan Jayanti was celebrated in Mysuru and several districts across the state amid a thick security blanket and all kinds of public procession was completely restricted to prevent any untoward incidents.
Amid the outrage by the right wing activists and BJP leaders in the state and district over the controversial Tipu Sultan birth anniversary, Tipu Jayanti was held successfully in the city and at several places on Friday.
The district administration in Mysuru in association with Zilla Panchayat and Tipu Jayanti Celebration Committee organised a programme at Karnataka Kalamandir on Vinobha Road here.
The event was inaugurated by PWD and District In-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa in the presence of Moulana Mohammed Zaka Ulla, president of All India Milli Council and MLA Vasu.
The police force in Mysuru and Kodagu districts turned the cities into a fortress to prevent disruption during the celebration of Tipu Jayanti. The police took no chance in lapse of security measures in both the districts and the cops were deployed on major roads and sensitive areas in both Mysuru and Kodagu districts.
Mysuru Deputy Commissioner D Randeep issued orders banning ‘pro- or anti-Tipu procession’ in the city and had also stated that if required he would impose Section 144. As precautionary measure the sale of liquor was also banned.
Hundreds of Muslim community members gathered in front of Karnataka Kalamandir to participate in the formal programme of the Tipu Jayanti organised by the district administration. Tight security was in place to thwart any violence. The cops on duty inspected every single person who was entering the Kalamandir premises and took all necessary measures to maintain peace.
Dr Boodanuru Puttaswamy, professor at Department of History in VV Puram College, Bengaluru, was invited to deliver the key note address on the occasion.
Despite the ban on procession, a group of people tried to organise a procession to mark Tipu Jayanti. Police intervened and stopped the procession. The procession was supposed to be organised on Rahimany (Kakaravadi) Road. However, Lakshmipuram Police Inspector Siddaraju along with KR Assistant Commissioner of Police Dharmappa visited the area and stopped the procession.
Stones pelted on KSRTC bus
An incident of stone pelting at a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus was reported during a protest against Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Madikeri in Kodagu district on Friday.
Miscreants’ hurled stones at the KSRTC bus at Galibeedu village in Kodagu district. The stones were pelted on KSRTC bus bearing registration KA 09 F 5205.
BJP workers detained
BJP MLA Appachu Ranjan and MLC Sunil Subramani raised their opposition to the official function held at the Old Assembly Hall at Madikeri. The BJP workers condemned the government’s decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti and raised slogans despite Section 144 in force. The police intervened and took the two BJP leaders into custody along with their supporters and evicted them from the venue. –(KK)