Mangaluru, Jan 09, 2016: Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim has said that the district administration would not hesitate to take action against anyone resorting to forcible closure of shops or is responsible for loss of life or property during any bundh called for in the district in the future.
The Deputy Commissioner was speaking at a meeting convened at his office on January 8, Friday to help various individuals and organisations to put forth suggestions to ensure that there are no bundhs in the district.
Frequent bundhs would affect the district known to be an educational hub and has students from various parts of the nation studying here, the DC said.
DK District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai who was also present appealed to the public and organisations not to resort to bundhs for any reason. Bundhs do not help in achieving anything, he added.
City Police Commissioner Chandra Sekhar suggested that a place similar to the Freedom Park in Bengaluru be chosen in Mangaluru too in order to hold protests without causing inconvenience to others.
Jagadish Shenava, VHP District President said though his organisation was not in support of bundhs, it was forced to hold bundhs to ensure that its demands were not ignored.
United Muslim Organisation President and former mayor Ashraf said so far no action has been taken against those giving calls for bundhs. "In a more recent bundh, we have seen police themselves forcibly closing down shops," he alleged.
Social activist Vidya Dinker, Mangaluru Bar Association President S.P. Chengappa, Yogish Shetty of Tulunadu Rakshana Vedike, Rahim Uchil of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and Vasanth Achari of CPI(M) also voiced their opinion.