Mangaluru: The protesters shouted slogans against Tipu Sultan and the state government for celebrating Tipu Jayanti at Zilla Panchayat premises here, on November 10.
At Pumpwell Circle, protesters garlanded Tipu’s banner with sandals and painted it with black paint.
In Madikeri at Thimmaiah Circle, the protesters shouted slogans against the state government for celebrating Tipu Jayanti. A commotion was witnessed between two groups which led to stone pelting between them. VHP secretary Kuttappa was severely injured and breathed his last in the hospital. To control the situation, the police used tear gas and resorted to a lathi charge.
Besides strong objections from various organizations, the government stood firm in its decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti and celebrated it in Karnataka.
Madikeri: Tipu birth anniv celebrations: VHP leader dies in violence
Madikeri (K’taka), (PTI): A local VHP leader died and several others, including policemen, were injured as violence erupted over the holding of the birth anniversary celebrations of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.
A youth was also injured in firing by some unidentified persons near here, police said, adding that prohibitory orders have been clamped in the entire Kodagu district and additional reinforcements sent to the area to bring the situation under control.
Police used tear gas shells and resorted to lathicharge as hundreds of people gathered here and clashes erupted between the opponents and supporters of the celebrations.
According to police, one Kuttappa, a VHP leader and a former state government employee, suffered head injuries in stone throwing and died on the spot.
The violence flared up even as statewide celebrations are being held by the government for the first time to commemorate the birth anniversary of Tipu which, however, is being boycotted by BJP amidst opposition by several outfits who see him as a “religious bigot”.
Some outfits in Kodagu district had called for a bandh today to protest against the government’s decision.
Meanwhile, Home Minister G Parameshwara said additional reinforcements were being rushed to Madikeri from Chamarajanagar and Mysuru districts and appealed to people to maintain peace.
BJP has announced a “total boycott” of the celebrations, saying that no public representative from their party at any level would participate in the official function.
Further, the party’s state unit chief Prahlad Joshi said that Tipu was a “fanatic” and “anti-Kannada”.
Several organisations and individuals, too, have opposed the state government’s move to celebrate ‘Tipu Sultan Jayanti’ on November 10.
Tipu was a ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore and considered an implacable enemy of the British East India Company. He was killed in May, 1799, while defending his fort of Srirangapatna against British forces.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has defended the government’s decision to commemorate his birth anniversary even as he slammed RSS and “other communal forces” for opposing it.
Mangaluru United Christian Association, too, has protested against the celebrations, alleging that Tipu was responsible for the destruction of many churches in the coastal region and also that Christians were harassed under his rule.
Bengaluru: One dead in clash over Tipu Sultan anniversary
Bengaluru, Nov 10 (IANS) A 50-year-old man died of injuries sustained in a clash while protesting the Karnataka government’s Tipu Sultan Jayanthi celebrations in Madikeri of Kodagu district on Tuesday, authorities said.
Kutappa suffered head injuries in stone pelting when a pro-Tipu Sultan group and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists clashed at Thimmaiah circle in Madikeri, officials said.
When a Muslim group celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th century Mysore ruler and the VHP group opposing it came face to face, a showdown took place on Tuesday morning, leaving three more people injured.