Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Law to curb processions in busy areas imminent

Law to curb processions in busy areas imminent

The Hindu

Bangalore: Taking a serious view of the violent incidents at Shivajinagar and nearby areas in Bangalore, resulting in the death of a boy and extensive damage to property, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday said that a comprehensive legislation would soon be passed to curb processions in densely populated areas and preventing the processionists from making provocative speeches.

Speaking to presspersons after a high-level meeting on the law and order situation in the city, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that certain places that were away from the busy localities would be identified for holding rallies. The processions, he said, would be kept out of the city limits.

The Government may even ban such processions. He said that the police had recorded provocative speeches of all leaders, both at the rallies organised by the People's Front and the Virat Hindu Samajotsava, and the Government would initiate action against those responsible for the violence. He said the organisations and leaders who organised such rallies would in future had to take responsibility if there was any violence.

The Chief Minister made an earnest appeal to people of all faiths to maintain peace in Bangalore, which was attracting a lot of attention and investment.

Vested interests, he alleged, were trying to damage the good atmosphere created for investments in Karnataka and in Bangalore.


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