Karnataka BJP on Monday staged a massive protest in the heart of Mysuru city over its worker, Magali Ravi's death. BJP's protest turned into a standoff between party workers and police after permission for a rally was denied.
BJP protest led by Udupi-Chikmagalur MP Shobha Karandlaje and Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha turned ugly when police stopped protestors from taking out a rally from Kote Anjaneya Temple near the palace to the DC's office. BJP planned to take out a rally and then submit a representation to the DC condemning the incident but were denied permission by authorities.
BJP leaders including former minister S A Ramadas were detained by the police when they tried to march towards the DC's office. BJP workers continued their protest outside DC office shouting slogans against the government and demanding justice for their party worker.
Monday's protest also saw sloganeering against Tipu Jayanthi with BJP leaders claiming that deceased Ravi was the first casualty in connection with this year's Tipu Jayanthi celebration. BJP workers from Kodagu region who took part in the protest urged the government to drop plans of celebrating Tipu Jayanthi.
BJP worker Magali Ravi was found dead on late Friday evening while he was returning to his village from a peace meeting arranged by the Mysuru police between people of different faiths over Tipu Jayanthi celebrations in the state on November 10.
Karnataka State BJP has also called for a statewide protest on Tuesday condemning killing of BJP, RSS and sangh Parivar workers over the last 2 years and to reiterate its opposition to Tipu Jayanthi celebration.