Curfew imposed in Shimoga; ban in B'lore
Bangalore, Mar 2: Curfew has been imposed in Shimoga after violence protest by Muslims on Mar 1 over the publication of an article written by controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on burqa in a vernacular daily.
Police said that curfew from dawn-to-dusk have been imposed in four trouble-hit localities in old Shimoga.
Meanwhile in Bangalore, prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr.PC have been clamped by the Bangalore City Police for the next five days starting from Mar 1.
In an notification issued by the police, City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said that the ban will be in force till midnight of Mar 5.
According to a media report, cases have been registered against the two dailies for publishing article which has hurt the religious sentiments of others- Kannada Daily, which has published the translated version of the Nasrima's article as well as an Urdu Daily which has carried a commentative piece on the writing,
Speaking on the incident Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who made suo motu statement in the state assembly over Shimoga and Hassan violence, said "the situation is under control now".
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Rehman Khan demanded strict action against all those who published "provocative articles hurting the religious sentiments" without naming any publication.
The protest by the 1500 Muslims in Shimoga and Hassan who took out a procession against the article turned violent when the some protestors started pelting stones on vehicles.
Two people were reportedly killed and 25 people were injured in the violence that took place in Shimoga and Hassan on Monday, Mar 1.