Mangaluru, Sep 07, 2017: The police detained former CM BS Yeddyurappa and several BJP workers during a Mangalore Chalo bike rally on Thursday, September 2017 .
Earlier, the Mangaluru Police Commissioner had said that the force would not allow the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha to carry out a bike rally in the city and will arrest those who ignore the police order.
Over 1000 activists including BJP leaders detained when they tried to cross barricades, to proceed to Nehru Maidan. They managed to cross the barricade to march towards Nehru Maidan after speeches by BJP leaders. In their efforts to move on the police blocked them leading to chaos. A Tv reporter was been injured.
State BJP president Yeddyurappa, Shobha Karandlaje, local MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Jagadish Shettar, Eshwarappa, R Ashok, Pratap Simha, Aravind Limbavali, district BJP president Sanjeeva Matandur, C T Ravi and many MLAs and MLCs court arrest and were taken away a in bus. They were released later.
BJP activists and leaders of Sangh Parivar marched to the DC office with shouting slogans. Police managed to control the situation. Police tried to detain the people. But it was difficult for them to detain all of them. More than 1000 police personnel including Rapid Action Force were deployed around Ambedkar Circle. Police commissioner T R Suresh was on the spot supervising and managing the situation.
The police teams consisted of one team of Rapid Action Force, 15 KSRP platoons, 15 CAR platoons, eight SP level officers, 12 DySPs, 30 circle inspectors, 60 sub-inspectors, 600 constables and home guards. A fire engine and ambilance were on stand-by. Lliquor shops and bars remained closed from 6 am to 6 pm within 3 km radius of Nehru Maidan.
Dakshina Kannada Yuva Morcha president Harish Poonja and many BJP leaders addressed the actiuvist. " Ramanath Rai is turning this region into a war field. He is against the Hindu community” said Pratap Simha. "Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should resign if he cannot ensure law and order," said Mr Yeddyurappa, who is a former chief minister of the state. R Ashoka, an ex-deputy CM told the BJP workers gathered, "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."
The Mangaluru police had allowed the party to protest at the Nehru Maidan between 11 am and 2 pm today, but had prohibited the bike rally or a protest march through the city.
The BJP has accused Islamist organisations linked to the Social Democratic Party of India for the killing of 12 members of the party, its ideological mentor the RSS and affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the last two years. It wants an investigation by central agencies CBI or NIA into the killings.
According to sources, former city commissioner, Chandra Sekhar, was given over all charge of the security arrangements on Mangaluru Chalo rally. Chandra Sekhar is known to be very tough and had shown his mettle especially when Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, came to Mangalore as a State Guest. Despite violent opposition to his visit, it passed off peacefully because a huge police presence ensured that rowdy elements were kept at bay.
The Karnataka police, earlier on September 5, arrested more than 300 BJP workers to stop them from converging in Mangaluru to carry out the ’Mangalore Chalo’ rally.
The saffron party workers, who participated in the rally, were detained by the police before the protest even began.