KARNATAKA

Ex-minister named in FIR

CHITRADURGA JULY 26. The names of a former minister and another political leader figure in the First Information Report (FIR) filed by police on the violence in Hiriyur, according to sources.

The sources said the two persons allegedly instigated protesters to resort to violence. One of them is the arch political rival of a senior minister in the State Cabinet. The manner in which the arsonists destroyed public property indicated that the violent incidents were planned, the sources said.

The Deputy Commissioner has extended prohibitory orders under Section 144 in the town limits till 4 p.m. on Sunday. Educational institutions in the town remained closed on Friday. They will remain closed on Saturday also.

There was uneasy calm in the town on Friday, and only a few establishments were open. Many people did not venture out of their houses.

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