Right-wing members in Karnataka condemn police orders on posters of freedom fighters

Right-wing members in Karnataka condemn police orders on posters of freedom fighters
Right-wing members in Karnataka condemn police orders on posters of freedom fighters

Belagavi (Karnataka), Sep 1 (PTI) Some right-wing organizations and BJP leaders have criticized the police’s order to seek permission before putting up posters of freedom fighters, including Jawaharlal Nehru and V D Savarkar, in public places here.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said that people can put up photographs of freedom fighters (at public places) in Belagavi only after taking permission from the local civic body.

Kumar had said, “We do not mind if anyone wants to put up a picture of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, but photographs in public places – whether it is of Jawaharlal Nehru, or Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Veer Savarkar To use it, the person has to take permission from the local body. ,

The order was issued by the Additional Director General of Police, probably in the wake of tension created at some places over the posting of posters of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar at Ganesh pandals in Belagavi.

Criticizing the decision, BJP MLA Abhay Patil said that Alok Kumar did not know the history of Belagavi, so he made such a statement.

The MLA said that for the first time in the whole of South India, Balgangadhar Tilak installed the idol of Ganesha in Belagavi in ​​1905, since then the tradition of putting Tilak’s photo in Ganesh pandals started.

Patil asked, “What permission, what permission? Whose permission do we have to take to put up the picture of Tilak and Savarkar? Are we putting Afzal Guru’s photo? We have been photographing them for decades. When earlier such permission was not needed, what is the need for it now?

He said the Belagavi tradition would continue and no permission was needed as the people of the district were not ‘cowards’.

Pramod Muthalik, the chief of the right-wing organization Shri Ram Sena, condemned the police order and said, “Sir ADGP, in which country are we living? Don’t you know that Savarkar and Tilak are among those who gave us freedom? Do we need permission to put the picture of Savarkar who fought for life against British rule. ,

He demanded that the ADGP apologize and withdraw his order.

Meanwhile, tension prevailed at some places in Honnali in Davangere district after miscreants tore up posters of Savarkar and Tilak along with local BJP MLA Renukacharya.

Members of a right-wing organization protested outside a police station demanding the arrest of those who tore the posters.


Rajkumar Pawanesh


The article is in Hindi


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