Mangaluru: Superintendent of police Dr S D Sharanappa has issued a statement saying that anyone creating disturbances in the district will be strictly dealt with.
The Virat Hindu Hridaya Sangama meet went on peacefully. However, in the wake of skirmishes that broke out in parts of Puttur and Beltangady taluks while the participants were returning home, stone-pelting incidents have taken place between people belonging to two different faiths. Senior police officials and reinforcements immediately rushed the spot and prevented the situation from getting worse, he said.
He disclosed that already 56 CCTV cameras had been installed in different parts of the district after the incidents at Karaya. Some elements were continuing to disturb peace in the two taluks. In this backdrop, more CCTV cameras would be installed to keep track of trouble-makers. Spots were being identified to install them, he further said.
He added that about 82 spots had been identified as sensitive. An ASP, 2 DySPs, 5 circle police inspectors, 27 police sub inspectors, 20 ASIs, 365 head constables and police constables, 6 platoons of DAR, 10 of KSRP and a rapid action force (RAF) unit have been pressed into service to maintain peace and order.
He also said that various organizations and individuals have joined hands to assist the police. He has warned that those found disturbing peace will be strictly dealt with.
At a peace meeting held here, additional SP Shekharappa said that many incidents had been captured on CCTV cameras. The culprits would be identified and arrested. Those disturbing peace would be firmly dealt with. All banners and buntings have been ordered to be removed at once.
Business and movement of persons after 7 pm has been totally banned in Uppinangady. He sought public cooperation in the matter and cautioned that if the order was not followed, innocent persons might get arrested.