Udupi, Aug 14, 2020: Miscreants have thrown a flag of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) on a statue of Shankaracharya at Sringeri town in Chikkamagaluru district, attracting the ire of devotees. The incident is suspected to have happened on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday but came to light on Thursday morning.
The incident created a tense atmosphere in the region. Hindu activists vented their ire against the act. “Since it was raining, the area had fewer people. It is suspected that the miscreants threw the flag on the statue. We will arrest the suspects soon,” the SP said and refused to divulge more information as the case is being investigated.
BJP leader and former MLA D N Jeevaraj, condemning the incident, sought the arrest of the accused. Meanwhile, a conversation said to have taken place between Jeevaraj and the police, has gone viral on social media. The MLA and Inspector Siddaramaiah had an argument on the occasion.
The MLA said that the act by the miscreants has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus. Consistent efforts are being done to provoke Hindu community, he said.
Members of Hindu outfits and BJP submitted a memorandum to the police.
Tourism minister C T Ravi condemned the incident on Twitter. He stated that he has directed the police to conduct a probe and initiate action against the culprits. He has requested everybody to help the police department to maintain peace and order.
Bajrang Dal district convener Shashank Herur said such incidents are on the rise in Malnad region and urged the police to initiate action against the culprits.