Tipu row rages on: Hardliners burn Karnataka CM's effigy to express ire

Bajrang Dal claimed that it was their way of protesting the killing of their leader

Hyderabad: Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal yesterday burnt an effigy of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to protest the death of their leader during a stir triggered by a controversy over holding of birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan.

Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members continued their protest for the third day yesterday. Pic/PTI
Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members continued their protest for the third day yesterday. Pic/PTI

According to the police, some activists arrived in a group at a spot in Sultan Bazaar area and burnt the effigy and raised slogans against the Karnataka government and Siddaramaiah. But no arrests have been made, they said.

“We have dispersed them. Nobody was arrested,” P Shiva Shankar Rao from Sultan Bazaar police station said.

When contacted Vinod Kumar Nomula, general secretary of Bajrang Dal’s Greater Hyderabad unit, said that they burnt the effigy in protest of ‘killing’ of their leader D S Kuttappa in the violent incident in Karnataka’s Madikeri earlier this week. Violence had erupted in Madikeri on Tuesday over the holding of the birth anniversary celebrations of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan in which several people, including policemen, were injured while a local VHP leader was killed and a youth had received gunshot wounds.

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