In the wake of a Srirangapatna Chalo march announced by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP); a right-wing organization Section 144 CrPC has been decreed in the Srirangapatna town of Mandya district in Karnataka. The gathering of four or more people is restricted from 6 am to 6 pm in the town today. More than 500 police personnel have been deployed and four check posts installed to prevent any cases of nuisance. In the presence of SP N Satish, a route march was taken out.
VHP claims that a Hanuman temple was demolished to build the Jamia mosque.
On June 4, some members of the VHP announced that they will perform pooja at Jamia mosque. As they claim that a Hanuman temple was demolished to build that mosque. The Jamia mosque in Srirangapatna, 120km from Bengaluru, came up around 1782 during the rule of Tipu Sultan. It is a heritage site being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Deputy Commissioner Aswathi S stated that the setting up of a weekly market which is usually held on Saturdays has been postponed. Liquor sales are banned within five kilometers limits of Srirangapatna today. Masjid road is closed, and people are not allowed in the masjid today. Furthermore, cameras are installed and a special team has been formed to look after suspicious movements.
The city is completely peaceful now and it will remain that way in the coming days. Police have made the necessary arrangements. Police have deployed personnel, spoken to leaders, and communicated to them about prohibitory orders in place. If any violation is done, they’ll be facing legal action,” the deputy commissioner said. Karnataka Home Minister, Araga Jnanendra assured that the district police is instructed to take all precautionary measures. Police will maintain law and order during the Srirangapatna Chalo drive. No one is allowed to take the law into their hands at any cost,” the report quoted the Home Minister saying.