Mulbagal violence: Cops to arrest ‘Shobha Yatra’ organizer

Police decided to book Chandrashekhar, who had organized Shobha Yatra in the town of Mulbagal in the district, in connection with the violence that broke out on Friday night.

“Police will register cases against Chandrashekhar who had organized Yatra in Mulbagal town in relation to untoward incidents and stone throwing on Friday night,” SP D Devaraj told reporters here.

Chandrashekhar had stated in the pledge submitted to the police when obtaining permission for the event that he would be responsible for any untoward incident. As a result, he would be booked, the SP said.

“The police have registered three cases, arrested 9 people and seized 30 bicycles so far. The stoning occurred shortly after the power cut when the Yathra passed through Zahangir Mohalla. Police will check CCTV footage and arrest everyone involved in the incident,” he said.

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The deadline to wrap up the event was 5:30 p.m., but it ended late at night, the officer said.

Meanwhile, police denied Shobha Yathra permission to mark Rama Navami in Kolar town on April 10 following untoward incidents in Mulbagal.

Srirama Sene Division President Ramesh Raj Urs had approached police to seek permission for various events on April 8, 9 and 10. Police said permission was denied because the Yatra could cause unrest.

Normalcy was back in Mulbagal on Saturday. The restraining orders will be in effect until midnight on Sunday. The District Armed Reserve, Karnataka State Reserve Police and Bengaluru Special Forces were deployed.

The city council banned the slaughter of animals and the sale of meat on Sunday in Mulbagal.

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Angela C. Hale