The government on Tuesday agreed to order a CID probe into the September 23 group clash at Agrahara in Chintamani of Chickballapur district.

Responding to the demand by Naseer Ahmed of the Congress in the Legislative Council, Home Minister R. Ashok said the government had nothing to hide and was prepared for a probe.

A policeman was killed and a few others were during the immersion of a Ganesh idol at Agrahara in Chintamani.

Mr. Ahmed alleged that police targeted a minority community in Chintamani by arresting male members of families, while their women and children were beaten up. “Victims showed their wounds at the peace meeting held the next day,” he said.

The police arrested 33 persons in connection with the incident and tortured them. Human rights had been completely violated in the incident, he said.

Supporting Mr. Naseer’s demand, Leader of Opposition S.R. Patil alleged that though the issue was referred to the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC), there would be little chance of it reaching a logical conclusion in the absence of a chairperson in the commission. A CID probe would be the only available remedy, he said. Mr. Ashok said there was no question of targeting a particular community. A few police officials had been suspended owing to dereliction of duty. An inquiry had been ordered and the report was awaited.

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