July 15, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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Miscreants vandalise Sangolli Rayanna statue. Tension mounts at Belagavi

Even as the border issue between Karnataka and Maharashtra remains unsettled at border town of Belagavi, miscreants vandalised a statue of freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna on late night on Friday. However, the incident came to light on Saturday.The police are suspecting the role of the violent mob involved in the flash protest staged on Friday midnight against the desecration of a Shivaji statue in Bengaluru’s communally sensitive Shivajinagar locality.Police Commissioner K. Thiyagarajan has issued prohibitory orders in Belagavi city.“In view of night activities in Belagavi city, a prohibitory order is imposed under Section 144 CrPC from December 18 morning 8 a.m. to December 19 evening 6 p.m. for Belagavi police commissionerate area, which comprises Belagavi taluka,” according to an official communique from the commissioner’s office.crowd had gathered in front of Tilakwadi police station following a complaint that a group of men had damaged a statue of freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna in Angol in south Belagavi.Police sources said that the statue of Sangolli Rayanna installed at Kanakadasa colony has been vandalised. Its sword and shield were also broken and thrown away. Tilakawadi police rushed to the spot and have taken the idol into their custody.Reacting to the situation, state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said: “We will instill fear among the miscreants. You will see proper action by the police this time. There is no question of sparing anyone, there is going to be action against them. It is the handiwork of a few miscreants. We will tame them.”It is learnt that cases have been booked against over 100 agitators in this connection.As many as 20 vehicles, including police jeeps, were damaged in the incident on Friday night, triggering the police to resort to lathi charge against the violent mob, police sourced saix. The winter session of Karnataka State Assembly is currently underway in the border after two years and the entire government machinery has been shifted from Bengaluru to Belagavi.Siddaramaiah urges to keep peace:

Meanwhile, former chief minister Siddaramaiah condemned the desecration of Karnataka’s pride Sangollirayanna. He demanded chief minister Chief Minister Badavara Bommai to arrest the culprits and send them to jail. He also demanded CM to not to give any excuse and punish the guilty and miscreants. Further, he urged the people of Karnataka to keep peace and tranquility and not to lose their cool.


CM condemns attack on Twitter:CM Bommai condemned the vandalising if statue and said that he has directec home minister Arsga Jnanendra to initiate stern action. Already some have been arrested. Disrespect to natiknal leaderx in any manner cannot br tolerated, warned CM. 

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