Bengaluru: Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa expressed his regret over the killing of two youths in police firing at Mangaluru while they were protesting the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).
Chief Minister said he will send top police officers to Mangaluru on Friday to enquire into the police firing. CM also said that he has directed police not to take extreme action of firing on agitators.
"I have directed police not to take law into their hands and today's incident should not repeat ", Mr. Yediyurappa said after meeting with several Muslim community leaders at his official residence Krishna on Thursday.
Muslim community leaders and Congress MLAs who met the Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa raised their concerns over implementation of Citizen Amendment Act (CAA). Chief Minister in turn appealed to the Muslim community leaders to maintain peace and harmony.
Chief Minister also assured the minority leaders that the CCA will not harm Muslim community, it only accords citizenship to illegal immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Muslim community leaders , Mr. Yediyurappa said that, "both Muslims and Hindus are living like brothers. I have personally requested the people not to resort to violence and not to spread rumours on the CAA", he said, adding " The CAA will not infringe on the rights of minorities in the country."
ADGP appeals for peace
As the protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent in the state, claiming two lives in police firing in Mangaluru, ADGP (Law and Order), Amar Kumar Pandey, urged the people to maintain law and order on Thursday.
He said prohibitory orders under section 144 had been clamped in the city only as a preventive step and advised people against gathering in large numbers for any kind of protest.
Asked about the Mangaluru violence, Mr Pandey said maintaining law and order was everyone’s responsibility. “People should cooperate with the police and help it maintain law and order and peace,” he added.
Meanwhile, the police is still not clear whether the two who died in Mangaluru, Jaleel (49) of Kandak and Nausheen (23) of Bengre, were injured by rubber or normal bullets.
The incident took place when the protestors started pelting stones at the police, leading to a lathicharge at State Bank Circle near the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mangaluru....