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Tension:Policemen dispersing the crowd at Old Hubli on Friday.
Tension:Policemen dispersing the crowd at Old Hubli on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Trouble started after a protest against a newspaper article

HUBLI: The police imposed curfew in Hubli till Saturday morning as a precautionary measure following stone-throwing incidents in Old Hubli and Kamaripet areas on Friday evening. A man was injured and a few vehicles were damaged in stone-throwing.

Policemen led by Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar acted swiftly and brought the situation under control.

Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) A.R. Infant is camping in Hubli. “We have imposed curfew as a precautionary measure from 7 p.m. on Friday till 7 a.m. on Saturday,” he said.

A large number of people gathered at the Idgah Maidan in Old Hubli to protest against a newspaper report on burkha. Though they wanted to take out a procession to Dharwad to submit a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain, they were stopped by the police who told them that Mr. Jain would come there to receive it.

The Deputy Commissioner rushed to the Idgah Maidan from Dharwad and received the memorandum. However, trouble started when the crowd was dispersing. A few persons in the crowd threw stones at vehicles, including a police vehicle.

The police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd and bring the situation under control. The man, who was injured in stone-throwing, was shifted to the KIMS Hospital.

Meanwhile, trouble started in the Kamaripet area when a group began throwing stones at vehicles. The police resorted to lathi-charge here too to disperse the group. Shopkeepers downed shutters as tension prevailed in the area. In some parts of the city, shopkeepers opened their shops after some time only to be asked by the police to down shutters as curfew was imposed. Announcing the imposition of curfew, the police appealed to the people not to pay heed to rumours.

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