Mysore: Popular Front activists arrested for Udayagiri communal clash

By Staff Reporter,

Kochi: Fifteen activists of the Popular Front of India, including the district unit president, were arrested on Monday by the Mysore city police for suspected involvement in the communal clashes which took lives of three.

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The arrest took place soon after Mr. Kaleem, district unit president, emerged out of the Mysore District Journalists’ Association where he was addressing a press conference. Nearly 100 policemen led by Assistant Commissioners of Police Pujar and Jayaram took the activists in a van to the CR Grounds for questioning. The activists shouted slogans against the police and the state government.

The police said they had recovered five knives from the activists. The police also seized five vehicles belonging to the activists. They held that they had been on the search for some of the PFI activists including Mr Kaleem for quite some time.

Police teams have been formed to investigate cases registered during the communal clashes in Udayagiri and nearby areas of Mysore. The police are continuing house-to-house searches in the areas. Eleven people had been taken into custody for interrogation.

Meanwhile, the Yuvamorcha city unit president of BJP youth wing, Giridhar, who was stabbed on Friday, is recovering.

Prohibitory orders which were in force till July 5 in the violence-hit areas have been extended to July 13. Section 144 was imposed in Udayagiri, Lashkar, Mandi Moholla and NR Police limits.

Three people were killed and several seriously injured in the communal clashes that broke out in Udayagiri in Mysore on July 2. The desecration of a madrasa was reportedly the reason for the clashes.