Karnataka govt directs police to step up vigil on V-day

Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 11:59

Bangalore: Bracing itself to counter the
threat by right wing Sri Rama Sene to disrupt Valentine`s
Day celebrations, the BJP government in Karnataka on Friday
directed police to step up vigil at all sensitive places.

"We will maintain vigil. Those celebrating Valentine`s
Day should not cross the limits. Same rule applies to moral
policing too," State Home Minister VS Acharya told reporters
here after holding a meeting with top police officials.

The meeting comes in the wake of some youths, allegedly
belonging to the Youth Congress, blackening the face of Sri
Rama Sene founder Pramod Mutalik here yesterday.

"I condemn such attacks. Congress should restrain their
workers", Acharya said, referring to the incident which
occurred when Mutalik was getting ready to take part in a
debate on Valentine`s day, organised by a local Kannada TV
channel in an open air theatre.

The youths barged in the event and dragged Mutalik from
the stage and blackened his face and also tried to assault
him.

"It is (V-Day) not our culture. The culture of some other
country should not be imposed on us", Acharya said, but
immediately added that his remarks should not be labelled
as opposition to Valentine`s day celebrations.

The state has sizeable population which supports moral
policing and its critics, he said and pointed out that none
had come forward to lodge formal police complaint even today
over the attack on girls at a pub in Mangalore in 2008,
allegedly by Sene activists.

"Even visual media has not been cooperating in providing
evidence", he said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 11:59

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