Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and home minister Dr V S Acharya have directed the police to sternly deal with anybody attempting to break the law."We will maintain tight vigilance. Nobody will be allowed to cross the limits,’’ Dr Acharya said making it clear that, ``it applies to lovers observing V-Day or the opponents as well as those attempting to indulge in moral policing.’’
Bangalore: The State Government has directed the police to step up vigil at all sensitive places in the State to foil the threats to disrupt Valentine’s Day celebrations. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa chaired a meeting with Home Minister V.S. Acharya and senior police officers on Friday and discussed the steps to be taken to maintain law and order on Valentine’s Day. Dr. Acharya warned those opposed to Valentine’s Day celebrations against fomenting trouble and said firm action would be taken against those who took the law into their own hands.
However, Dr. Acharya cautioned people against crossing the limits. “We will maintain vigil all over the State. Those celebrating Valentine’s Day should not cross the limits. Same rule applies to moral policing too.”
Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidri said a “highly structured security” system had been adopted across Bangalore to prevent untoward incidents on Valentine’s Day.He said that the police had started taking people into preventive custody. “The public can celebrate Valentine’s Day. In case they are prevented from celebrating, they can lodge a complaint at any police station. We will initiate stringent action against trouble-makers,” Mr. Bidri told presspersons. He said two activists of the Youth Congress had been arrested in connection with the blackening of Mr. Muthalik’s face. The arrested are general secretary of the Youth Congress Srinivas, and Manjunath.
“We are also questioning three Youth Congress activists for allegedly assisting the arrested,” Mr. Bidari said. He also suspected the role of a few political leaders in the incident.Mr. Bidari said that the attack was pre-planned. The department was planning to book a case against a local television channel for not informing the police about the attack on Mr. Muthalik despite being in the know.