Stones were thrown at policemen, and some of them were even chased away
HAVERI: The situation in Haveri, where one person was killed in police firing, was tense on Wednesday, although it was brought under control by evening.
Stone pelting was reported at Hosamani Siddappa Circle during the funeral procession of the firing victim Siddalingappa Choori and some police personnel were chased away by an angry mob.
Additional Superintendent of Police of Bijapur Marturkar and several police personnel were injured in the stone pelting. However, Director-General of Police Srikumar and IGP (Northern Range) Raghavendra Auradkar, Superintendent of Police Nanjundaswamy and Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad who arrived at the spot, didn’t allow the situation to go out of control.
Although it seemed that normality would be restored by Wednesday afternoon, the situation became tense soon after the funeral procession began. At the Hosmani Siddappa Circle, a number of police personnel had been deployed as a precautionary measure. But their very presence angered those taking part in the procession, who alleged that Choori was a victim of police atrocity.
Some of the police personnel were manhandled by the mob and then chased away from the place. Soon the news spread like wildfire, resulting in a bandh-like situation in Haveri city.
Some of the shopkeepers who dared to open the shutters, immediately closed them. The situation remained tense even after the funeral procession was over. Although some miscreants tried to overturn an already burnt bus, torched its tyres once again and occasionally pelted stones, the police showed great restraint and waited for the crowd to disperse.
However, when the crowd didn’t disperse even after the funeral and the situation continued to be tense, the police resorted to lathi-charge. When this didn’t yield the desired impact, they fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd.
Mr. Auradkar told The Hindu that around 70 persons had been arrested in connection with the Tuesday’s violence in Haveri and other parts of the district.
As a precautionary measure, prohibitory orders had been clamped in all the seven taluks of the district and sale of fertilizers stopped at all shops in taluks.
Mr. Srikumar and Mr. Auradkar are camping in Haveri to monitor the situation.
No firing order
Meanwhile, officials of the district administration and the Police Department stated that no firing order was issued in Haveri on Tuesday. They maintained that the police personnel on duty resorted to firing to protect themselves from being attacked by an angry mob.
However, there was no justification from them on why they (police personnel) fired at people who reportedly had nothing to do with the protest.