Bengaluru: While the elaborate security measures taken by the city police yielded results, as no untoward incident in the city during Tipu Jayanti celebrations, a Janata Dal (United) party worker reportedly bit a finger of his party Secretary for celebrating Tipu Jayanti at the party office.
The incident took place at the Janata Dal (United) party office in Sheshadripuram on Friday morning. Police said the party worker, Govindaraju, had come to the office in the morning and was upset that the party was officially celebrating Tipu Jayanti.
He picked up a quarrel with the JD(U) City Unit Secretary, Nagesh. Calling Tipu an anti-national ruler, he demanded that Tipu's photo, put up as part of the celebration, should be removed immediately.
This led to an argument and an enraged Govindaraju allegedly bit Nagesh's finger and fled. Nagesh has filed a complaint in this connection and the police are yet to question Govindaraju.
Meanwhile, it was reported that unidentified miscreants had smashed the windshield of a car in Tilaknagar, in protest against Tipu Jayanti celebration.
However, the police ruled out such reports and said that the incident was unrelated to Tipu Jayanti.
The city police had deployed as many as 11,000 police personnel, 30 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) platoons and 25 CAR platoons, besides home guards, to avert any untoward incident.
BJP workers protest
Sporting black arm bands, BJP members of the BBMP council protested against Tipu Jayanti celebration on Friday. Shouting slogans against the Congress party, the protesters alleged the move was aimed at wooing Muslim voters.
“Even as discussions were on whether Tipu Jayanti be celebrated or not, the government has gone ahead with the celebrations. Where is the value for public opinion," asked Padmanabha Reddy, opposition party leader in the BBMP