Mangaluru: Precautions have been taken to prevent any unpleasant developments on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.
City police commissioner M Chandra Shekar and district SP Dr Sharanappa S D have taken steps to ensure peace in their respective jurisdictions. Security and patrol have been beefed up in public places, beaches, parks and other places were people gather to spend time.
Since the Valentine’s Day has fallen on a Sunday this year, there could be larger gatherings, hence the police have taken no chance.
In the meantime, Bajrang Dal issued a media statement on Feb 12 urging the district administration not to allow celebration of Valentine’s Day and also gave a veiled warning that if anything untoward happened because of it, the district administration would be entirely responsible for it.
Since it was directly a challenge to the rule of law, the Citizen Forum for Mangaluru Development submitted a memorandum to the city police commissioner cautioning that Bajrang Dal was likely to create disturbances and therefore appropriate action be taken against the outfit.
Taking the matter seriously, the city police commissioner served a notice on Bhujanga Kulal, the Bajrang Dal functionary, who had issued the statement. An explanation has been sought from him.