Police told not to arrest innocent people: Acharya

Last Updated: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 21:15

Bangalore: Karnataka Government on Monday said
police have been instructed not to arrest innocent people in
Hassan, Shimoga and Chikmagalur, which witnessed violence last
week following protests by Muslims against the publication of
an article in a Kannada daily.

Home Minister V S Acharya said police have made arrests
based on a video footage to bring normalcy in the three

Lauding the measures taken by police to maintain law and
order he said, "normalcy is fast returning in Shimoga,
Chikmagalur and Hassan cities."

Acharya said he had spoken to SPs of the three districts
and directed them to not to detain innocent people in
connection with the violence that rocked the towns after a
Kannada daily published an article on `burqa` purportedly
written by controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

Earlier, raising the issue, Janata Dal (S) floor leader H
D Revanna said police had detained innocent people and
students in Hassan district and sought a clarification from
the Home Minister.

Leader of the Opposition, Siddaramaiah (Congress) alleged
police have arrested innocent students during the examination
time. The Government should take steps for the release of
students to enable them appear for college examinations, he

The Congress leader said the police have clamped ban
order in Shimoga in evenings which caused inconvenience to
Muslims in attending prayers in mosques.

Deputy Commissioner, Shimoga, Pankaj Kumar Pande told
reporters in the district that loss to property due to the
violence that erupted last week following the Taslima
controversy was put at Rs 3.54 crore.

Suitable compensation as per rules will be given to all
those whose property was damaged, he said.

He said life has returned to normal in the city. Police
and Rapid Action Force personnel are maintaining vigil.

Pande said restrictions on movement of vehicles and
public during night will be in force in a few selected areas.
All schools and colleges, which were closed for four days
during the violence, resumed from yesterday.

A total of 171 cases have been registered and 185 persons
arrested based on video coverage and photographs taken during
the violence, he said.


First Published: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 21:15

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