Tight security for 3rd Tipu Jayanti today

Tight security for 3rd Tipu Jayanti today

Tight security for 3rd Tipu Jayanti today

"Have detained more than 150 BJP workers in Hubli protesting against Tipu Jayanti celebrations", said Renuka Sukumar, Karnataka DCP.

Tipu Sultan died fighting the British in 1799 and it was only in 2015 that the state government made a decision to officially celebrate his death - describing him as one of the earliest freedom fighters.

Earlier, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from the state Prahlad Joshi had alleged that Tipu Sultan was "anti-Hindu, anti-Kannada and exploited India".

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This year also, the Siddaramaiah-led government is all set to celebrate Tipu Jayanti despite widespread protests and violence that had marred celebrations in the last two years.

Heavy security arrangements are in place in Karnataka today on the occasion of Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler of the kingdom of Mysore. Past year celebrations were rather peaceful, although protests continued with a lot of security in place.

Earlier in the day while protesting against the celebration, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the Congress-led government is anxious about Tipu Sultan instead of the state's public.

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In Bengaluru, police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said that no processions would be allowed either for or against Tipu Sultan on Friday.

Asked about the silence of Christian religious heads on Tipu Jayanti, Mr. Rosario said he too was surprised.

Miscreants hurled stones at a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus during a protest against Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Madikeri on Friday.

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According to the Bengaluru police, about 11,000 policemen along with exclusive home guards will be deployed in the city. To avoid the similar situation, the police has imposed a banning order under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) at Madikeri town in Kodagu district and in about 270km from here.

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