Patrolling by Rapid Action Force continues

61 people arrested in Hassan and 90

in Shimoga

There was no intelligence failure, claims DGP

HASSAN: Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh has said that three teams have been formed in the aftermath of violence that broke out in Hassan on Monday. One team will patrol the city, the other will gather intelligence, and the third will investigate the reasons behind the violence.


Dr. Singh on Wednesday visited Azad Road, Hemavathi Statue, Mahaveera Road, Narasimha Raja Circle and other areas in the city, which were hit by violence. He also visited the injured civilians and police personnel at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences.

Addressing presspersons later, Dr. Singh said the situation was under control in Hassan and Shimoga. As many as 61 people in Hassan and 90 people in Shimoga had been arrested. The Rapid Action Force would continue to patrol the two cities, he added.

Dr. Singh said that Taslima Nasreen's denial of authorship of the article would also be probed.

Dr. Singh said that the Superintendent of Police and the district police efficiently managed the situation on Monday. He also rejected charges of intelligence failure.

Dr. Singh said the police were in touch with leaders of both communities. The leaders expressed regret over the incident and reiterated that they leaders did not support such elements within the communities.

Mohalla meetings

Dr. Singh said police patrolling would be intensified in Hassan and Shimoga and mohalla-wise meetings would be held to clear any doubts over security. Inspector-General of Police (Southern Range) Jeevan Kumar Gaonkar; Superintendent of Police K.V. Sharatchandra; Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh, and Additional Superintendent of Police Yellappa were present.