Alleging police excesses on a large number of people who were taking out a silent procession against the desecration of a religious place in Chikmagalur on December 28, the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) national president H.D. Deve Gowda demanded that an impartial probe be conducted into the incident.
Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, he demanded the suspension of Chickmagalur town police sub-inspector Rakesh, who ordered the lathicharge. The government should also pay compensation to the injured, he said. Mr. Gowda alleged that the use of force was uncalled for as the silent procession was taken out with the permission of authorities. He said he was concern that such incidents [on minorities] were taking place in the State even after the Congress appointed a member from a minority community as Home Minister.
He said it had become a trend in the State for such communal incidents to take place just before the polls. Taking exception to the role played by the Bajrang Dal activists in the incident, he alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party had grown in several areas of the State owing to such activities.
Meanwhile, Mr. Deve Gowda released the 2014 diary brought out by the JD(S). The diary lists the achievements of Mr. Gowda, the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and the former Minister H.D. Revanna, besides the telephone numbers of its office-bearers and prominent leaders.