Following an emergency cabinet meeting in the wake of multiple incidents of violence around Bengaluru and Mysuru on Monday, the Congress government in Karnataka on Tuesday ordered the police to deal with troublemakers with “an iron hand”.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who held a meeting with the top police brass after the cabinet meeting, told them that the local police department would be taken to task for any incidents of violence in their area.
“We have taken a decision to act strongly. Nobody should take the law into their own hands. We have decided to maintain law and order with an iron hand,’’ said Siddaramaiah.
“We want to restore peace as fast as possible. We want to tell linguistic minorities in Karnataka and all the people in the state that we will protect their lives and properties. We will make the best efforts to ensure the safety of every citizen,’’ Siddaramaiah said. “Tamil-speaking people can be assured that their lives and property will be protected,’’ he said.
“We were a little tolerant towards protesters earlier but they have misused our tolerance. We will deal strongly with troublemakers now,’’ said Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara.
Siddaramaiah also said his government would obey the Supreme Court order to release 12,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu every day until September 20, “despite the difficulties it causes”. The state government asked the electronic media to refrain from repeated broadcast of provocative images of the violence. “Bengaluru is an international city. It has an image and brand value. We have to work to prevent the damage of this image,’’ he said.
Stating that he had sought an appointment with PM Narendra Modi to seek his intervention, he said: “Law and order is not an issue restricted to Karnataka. It is an issue cutting across borders… The PM must call the chief ministers of both states and work to resolve issues.”