12 injured, eight buses damaged in stone-throwing
Upparas take out rally stage dharna
They are demanding a probe into functioning of TTL Education Trust
MYSORE: Police resorted to lathi-charge and fired teargas shells to quell a mob damaging public property in the city on Friday during a protest organised by Uppara community members demanding fulfilment of various demands.
Hundreds of Uppara community members from Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts participated in a rally which was flagged off by Purushottamanandapuri Swami near Kote Anjaneya temple at the north gate of the palace. They are demanding an inquiry into the functioning of TTL Education Trust, Mysore, and action against Mysore City Corporation (MCC) officials who, they allege, are working against the interests of the community.
The protesters raised slogans against MCC officials and TTL management during the rally which passed through K.R. Circle and Devaraj Urs Road. All roads leading to the circle were blocked and traffic was disrupted for over an hour.
Later, they gathered in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office and staged a dharna. Leaders of the sangha, including Basavarajappa, Lakshmana Uppara, and MLA Puttaranga Shetty participated in the rally and dharna.
The protesters insisted that they will handover their memorandum to Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan.
District authorities made futile attempts to convince the protesters that it would not be possible for Mr. Manivannan, who was out of station, to receive the memorandum personally.
The agitators refused to disperse and stayed put for nearly three hours. As their patience ran out, they started throwing stones at buses and other vehicles. Passengers in the buses were seen scurrying for safety.
The police resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed teargas shells to quell the mob.
According to the police, at least eight city buses and a few cars were damaged in stone-throwing. As many as 12 persons, including police and KSRTC officials, who were injured in the incident, were treated as outpatients in the K.R. Hospital.
According to the police, 16 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
There is a longstanding dispute between Uppara community members and the TTL trust.
According to leaders of Mysore Chamarajanagar District Uppara Sangha, MCC officials have illegally transferred khata of the sangha's hostel to the trust.
They allege that the trust is acting against the conditions laid by the then City Improvement Trust Board (CITB), which allotted land to the Uppara community in 1944, and working against the purpose for which it was set up.
Their demand included, immediate suspension of the staff who allegedly transferred the khata and immediate scrapping of the document. They are also demanding dissolution of the governing body of the trust and dismissal of the administrative officer of the MCC, Bharati, for her alleged anti-Uppara attitude.