Bengaluru police restricts procession in view of Tipu Jayanti

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday refused to grant a stay on the celebration of Tipu Jayanti. DH file

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday refused to grant a stay on the celebration of Tipu Jayanti. DH file

After witnessing major clash in 2015 in the state over the celebrations of Tipu Sultan Jayanti, the Karnataka Government past year decided to make the event an annual affair. Previous year celebrations were rather peaceful, although protests continued with a lot of security in place.

The Karnataka High Court earlier in the week refused to put a stay on Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations and said it would be celebrated across the state on November 10.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the Congress-led government is anxious about Tipu Sultan instead of the state's public.

Though many historians see Tipu Sultan, also known as the "Tiger of Mysore", as the first freedom fighter to take on the British, he is not widely admired in the Kodagu district of Karnataka.

The mention of Tipu Sultan by President Kovind led to charges by the BJP that the Congress had scripted his speech for him - something denied both by the Karnataka state government and by the President's office.

Security has been tightened for the big day.

Asked about the silence of Christian religious heads on Tipu Jayanti, Mr. Rosario said he too was surprised.

Kodagu is observing bandh today.

"If BJP's elected representatives don't want to participate, we have told district administrations to remove their names from the invitations", she added.Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said, "I have instructed police to act tough against those who try to disturb communal harmony".

Miscreants hurled stones at a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus during a protest against Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Madikeri on Friday.

#The police commissioner said 30 Karnataka State Reserved Police (KSRP) platoons and 25 armed platoons, besides policemen and officers of city police will be deployed. "The government itself is celebrating the event in various parts of the city for which we have made elaborate arrangements".

In the wake of Tipu Jayanti, Section 144 has been imposed in Karnataka's Kodagu on Friday.

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