Bengaluru: Four social activists including an animal rights activist were booked for obstructing public servants from discharging their duties on May 1 when the four of them attempted to garner attention from the ministers on the dais by raising slogans against them and displaying placards highlighting that there were no drinking water facilities or toilet facilities in any of the city metro stations.
The ministers, including the union parliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, union law minister Sadananda Gowda, chief minister Siddaramaiah, along with other VIPs who had come for the inaugural function of Namma Metro Line of Reach 3B from Peenya Industrial Area to Nagasandra were embarrassed when the activists all of sudden started shouting slogans interrupting the inauguration ceremony.
The booked social activists included Narasimhamurthy, Human Rights activist; Sudha Katwa, a law graduate and an activist; Naveena Kamath, an animal rights activist; and Umapathy, an advocate and president of Karnataka Right to Information Federation (KRTIF). “North division Jalahalli police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) on the four of us, booking us under IPC (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from the discharge of his duty),” said Mr. Narasimhamurthy.
The police said the activists had not taken any prior permission and that all of sudden without any warning they started shouting slogans. There was pandemonium while there were ministers and VVIPs on the dais. T.R. Suresh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) North Division said “We have registered an FIR based on the complaint from the Metro authorities who alleged that the activists tried to disrupt the inauguration ceremony.”...