Staff Correspondent

Udupi: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the Government would not order a judicial probe into group clashes, which took place at Kaup in Udupi district on March 15.

There would only be a police enquiry into the incident, he said.

Dr. Acharya told presspersons that the Hindu Samajotsava held in Mangalore had nothing to do with the Lok Sabha elections. The samajotsava was organised every year.

Parties such as the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) were afraid of losing in the elections. “Hence they are highlighting a small issue such as the Kaup group clashes”, he said.

He said there were many places of worship between Mangalore and Udupi. But no problem of any kind was reported from these places.

“The group clashes took place at Kaup only because stones were first thrown from a place of worship there,” he said.

Dr. Acharya refuted the contention that the Kaup group clashes started after activists of a group had chased a van which entered a place of worship.

To a question, Dr. Acharya said he had attended the Hindu Samajotsava “only as a member of society and not as a Home Minister”.

He said the Home Department had provided all information about the Hindu Samajotsava to the Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar.

He would be forwarding this information to the Election Commission, Dr. Acharya said.

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