Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Unpleasant incidents in the district since Thursday may cast its shadows on Suvarna Karnataka Samskruti Dibbanna's passage through Dakshina Kannada.

The dibbanna is scheduled to enter the district on Saturday and proceed towards Chikmagalur on October 23 after traversing through its various parts over ten days.

The district administration headed by Maheshwar Rao, Deputy Commissioner, has made elaborate arrangements to welcome the dibbanna at Moodbidri. The dibbanna to celebrate the golden jubilee of Karnataka's formation commenced on October 5.

Schedule

As per the present schedule, the dibbanna would arrive here on October 15 and be in the city for two days. It would then proceed to Bantwal on October 17, reach Puttur on October 18, Sullia on October 19, Subramanya on October 20, Uppinangady on October 21 and would halt at Dharmasthala on October 22 and proceed towards Chikmagalur via Ujire on October 23.

Ashok G. Bhat, Additional District Magistrate and Head Quarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner told The Hindu on Monday that authorities expect the present situation to return to normalcy by then.

Worst case scenario

He asserted that no function could be held when a law and order situation was prevailing. In a worse case scenario, the authorities may decide to take the procession through areas where the situation was normal, said Mr. Bhat.

Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, president of Dakshina Kannada unit of Kannada Sahitya Parishat said there was no change of plans and hoped the procession would be held.

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