Security tightened in Srirangapatna in Karnataka following VHP’s call for puja at mosque – Reuters

By PTI

MANDYA: Security has been tightened in Srirangapatna, the former capital of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan in the district, following Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)’s call to perform puja at Jamia Mosque, saying it was built after razing a Hanuman temple.

Prohibition orders were imposed in the temple city under Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent any demonstrations or processions from taking place.

Apart from the district police force, contingents of Karnataka State Reserve Police have also been deployed.

Roads were barricaded and security pickets were erected in the city.

Wearing saffron scarves and holding saffron flags, Bajrang Dal and VHP activists on motorbikes waved “Jai Sriram” slogans.

Fearing the backlash, many traders around the shrine lowered their shutters for the day.

Members of fringe Hindu groups have called for a protest march to the mosque.

However, the authorities refused permission.

State Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has instructed the police to take all necessary measures to ensure peace and public order ahead of VHP’s ‘Srirangapatna Chalo’ campaign .

Meanwhile, Sriram Sena leader Pramod Muthalik condemned the restrictions saying they should be imposed on them.

“There is a Ganapati temple, a temple tank and a well inside the mosque. Despite all this, the mosques that run madrassas and offer Namaz there are wrong. It is ‘them’ who “it must be stopped. They must be kicked out. I condemn the BJP government trying to stop our protest,” Muthalik told reporters.

Right-wing organizations claimed that the Jamia Mosque was a temple of Anjaneya, which Tipu Sultan had destroyed to build a mosque there.

The outfits have submitted a memorandum to the district authorities demanding an investigation into the mosque and taking steps to return the ‘Anjaneya temple’ to the Hindus if their claim is found to be true.

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