SHIMOGA: Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar singh said here on Wednesday that those found responsible for the violent incidents in Shimoga city would be dealt with severely. “They may either be banished or dealt with under the Goonda Act, if necessary,” he said.
Mr. Singh, who arrived here to oversee the security measures being taken in view of the recent communal incidents, was talking to presspersons.
Asked whether the leaders of Muslim organizations who had led the procession which subsequently culminated in the widespread violence would be proceeded against, he said the Police Department would not hesitate to do so if sufficient evidence was found to bring cases against them.
He said that who claimed to be in possession of video clippings or any other relevant details about persons found responsible for the incidents were free to share them with the investigating officers so that they [the culprits] could be dealt with severely.
Asked whether there was the involvement of any particular organisation that fomented trouble, Mr. Singh said that it would be known only after a departmental inquiry was over. “Similarly, it will be known whether the incidents were pre-planned only after the inquiry is over,” he said.
To a question, he said that a timeframe had been fixed for the inquiry committee to complete its investigation. It had already begun its work, he added.
When it was pointed out that weapons and sticks were found to have been stocked in a place of worship when trouble began, Mr. Singh said that aspect would be covered by the investigation.
He said that the decision on holding the Virat Hindu Samavesh scheduled on March 7 would depend on the existing situation then. He also said that the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police would decide on the continuance of the curfew.
Mr. Singh appealed to all sections of society to maintain peace and amity. He sought the cooperation of the public in maintaining of law and order.
Earlier, Mr. Singh visited the riot-affected areas and inquired with the injured persons undergoing treatment at the Mcgann Hospital.
Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range) Satyanarayana Rao, Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey and Superintendent of Police S. Murugan were present.