Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including Kanataka chief BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday were detained by the Karnataka Police as they marched towards the District collector's office.
Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including Kanataka chief BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday were detained by the Karnataka Police as they marched towards the District collector’s office to condemn the alleged killings of at least 12 party workers in the communally sensitive Dakshina Kannada district. Hundreds of BJP workers took to streets to hold a mega motorbike rally ‘Mangaluru Chalo’ at Nehru Maidan for a public meeting to condemn the alleged murders that the police had denied permission for. According to reports, these party workers gathered at the Jyothi Circle holding the party’s saffron flags and chanting slogans against the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the Karnataka. Senior party leaders, including former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, party general secretary C.T. Ravi were also present at the rally.
Prior to getting detained, the former Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa also said that Siddaramaiah should resign if he cannot ensure law and order. NDTV also quoted the former deputy CM R Ashoka asking the workers to march towards the DC office. “Let’s go to the DC office. If the police says we will arrest you, ask them for a warrant. Yeddyurappa is here, do not worry,” Ashoka said. As soon as they started their march, they were detained by the police, put in buses and driven away. They were later released.
Earlier in the day, Mangaluru Police Commissioner told ANI that the force would not allow the BJP Yuva Morcha to carry out a bike rally in the city and will arrest those who ignore the police order. Security has been beefed up near the Jyothi circle to ward off any untoward incident. The rally that began from the Freedom Park in capital Bengaluru on September 5 reached Mangaluru today.
Karnataka police, September 5, arrested more than 300 BJP workers to stop them from converging in Mangaluru to carry out the rally.