Tension in Karnataka’s Shivamogga over Savarkar poster, curfew imposed

A case of stabbing was reported in the Gandhi Bazar area of Karnataka’s Shivamogga, hours after a row erupted over a poster of Veer Savarkar put up at Ameer Ahmed circle on Independence Day. Two groups clashed over installing flex of Savarkar and 18th century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan on Monday.

The victim, identified as Prem Singh, has been shifted to a local hospital for further treatment. The motive behind the attack was not immediately known. According to the Karnataka home minister, the stabbing incident is likely due to the ongoing Savarkar photo issue in Shivamogga.

“One stabbing incident has happened in Shivamogga is what I’m told. Is it regarding Savarkar photo issue, it seems like it. But yet to get full details,” Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra told India Today.

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Shivamogga District Collector R Selvamani has ordered schools and colleges to be closed in the city and Bhadravathi town limits on Tuesday. He said the prohibitory orders at these two places will be on till August 18. The situation is under control, he stated.


Police had to resort to a mild lathicharge to bring the situation under control and to disperse the crowd. Authorities have deployed additional forces in the area.


As part of the 76th Independence Day celebrations, one group had tried to tie Savarkar’s flex to the high mast light pole at the circle, to which the other group objected and wanted to install Tipu Sultan’s flex there.

The Karnataka Police has also imposed prohibitory orders in parts of Shivamogga district and shops have downed their shutters. The BJP and other Hindu groups staged a protest demanding that they be allowed to install Savarkar’s flex and action against the other group for insulting their icon.

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