Police told not to arrest innocent people: Acharya
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Last Updated: Monday, March 08, 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 districts.

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 said.

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 08, 2010, 21:15

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