Daijiworld Media Network – Chikkamagaluru (MS)
Chikkamagaluru, January 6: On Wednesday, activists from Bajrang Dal (BD) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) organized a protest procession from the Deepti circle in the village of Karugunda, in Narasimharajapura, to demand the removal of the cross that was allegedly installed illegally . Police stopped the protesters halfway, however, and arrested them. They were later released.
Sakleshpur Raghu, Provincial BD Officer, RD Mahendra, District Officer, KP Suresh Kumar, VHP President Taluk led the Deepti Circle protesters. When the procession reached the circle of the Uma Maheshwari temple, they were arrested by the police. A verbal duel ensued between the police and BD leaders, who urged Tahsildar to explain their request.
Tahsildar Geetha and the Ranganath Zone Forester arrived on site. Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Kumar said, “The cross is being erected on government land in the village of Karagunda. Later, a church will be built there. It will then become a center of religious conversion. Although a petition is delivered to the local Tahsildar, there is an unnecessary delay in implementing our request. If the government does not remove this cross, the Hindu organizations will. “
Speaking to the demonstrators, Raghu, the BD official, said: “According to the information we have, more than 180 crosses are erected on government land in Narasimharajapura. The people of a community encroach on the lands allocated to the poor under Forms 50 and 53. We will give an appropriate response to this.
Tahsildar Geetha responded to the protesters’ request and said they would take appropriate legal action within a week after investigating with the forestry and revenue departments. After the assurance of the tahsildar, the protest was quashed.