Incidents of violence ahead of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s rally in Mangalore

A KSRTC bus was stoned and a private lorry was set on fire

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Published: February 25, 2017 2:14 pm
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Two stray incidents of violence were reported from the coastal Karnataka region of Dakshina Kannada on Saturday morning ahead of the arrival of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for a CPI (M) rally. A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus was stoned and a private lorry was set on fire at separate places in the district. The BJP and right wing groups have called for protests in Mangalore against the Kerala CM’s participation in a rally for communal harmony. The BJP and other right wing groups are opposing Pinarayi Vijayan’s presence at the rally over the alleged political murders of as many as 200 right wing activists in Kerala by CPI(M) workers.

Although, the BJP and allied groups have not called for a bandh, they have sought voluntary public support to protest against the Kerala CM’s attendance at the CPI(M) communal harmony rally. The district administration has imposed section 144 in the region to prevent the gathering of large groups. Private buses stayed off the roads affecting the public transport system in the region on Saturday morning.

“We have not called for a bandh but people are opposing the visit voluntarily. There have been over 200 people from Hindu groups and the Muslim league who have been killed by Left cadre in Kerala and the party is holding a rally for communal harmony in Mangalore,” Bajrang Dal leader Sharan Pumpwell said. “The Kerala chief minister is attending a rally for communal harmony where Hindus, Muslims and Christians will participate. Those opposing the rally are showing they are opposed to communal harmony in Mangalore,” the CPI(M) local leader Muneer Katpilla said.

The Kerala chief minister, who arrived by train in Mangalore at noon, will address a rally at 4.15 pm at the Nehru Maidan. The CPI (M) will lead a three km march from the centre of Mangalore to the Nehru Maidan at 3 pm. The Mangalore police have imposed tight security for the CPI(M) event. Tension has prevailed in the region in the run up to the rally with a CPI (M) office being set on fire on Wednesday night and right wing groups staging a protest march in Mangalore on Friday.

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    manu, kazhakuttom
    Feb 26, 2017 at 11:51 am
    Check in the internet for the benefits common man achieved in communist ruled Kerala, Tripura and WB. There are plenty. Few are religious harmony, electrification , literacy etc etc.
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      manu, kazhakuttom
      Feb 26, 2017 at 11:48 am
      Ok, dalits are attacked in NE. Indian but please answer to what john prasad asked??
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        vj
        Feb 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm
        we all seen what had to Bengal under the CPI (M) rule. Were ever Communist ruled, the common man suffered.
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          nikki
          Feb 25, 2017 at 10:07 am
          Our Country is sabotaged by BJP and fringe elements, Just worried what is the Future of Our Nation. Mind you I am not a communist.
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            Raju
            Feb 25, 2017 at 9:48 am
            Religious fundamentalism has become a worldwide phenomenon. Whilelt;br/gt;many contend that fundamentalist movements exist in India Hindu extremism and religious fundamentalist groups can belt;br/gt;found in every region of the globe and among all of the world's religions. Inlt;br/gt;addition to becoming a global phenomenon, fundamentalist groups exertlt;br/gt;considerable social, cultural, and political pressure within the nations theylt;br/gt;inhabit. This election mandate is religious fundamentalism routed majority Hindu society, 80% potion are Hindus in India. This phenomenon gain thru RSS and other extremist Hindu group by BJP. National issue doesn’t matter this extremism phenomenon. Truly, this not good for secular India. Intolerance, haterance and social injustice will rise, peace will go from nation.
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