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Karnataka: Prohibitory orders imposed in Mangaluru following communal tension

Police asked the head of a local mutt to appear for questioning after he claimed he had ‘vital leads’ in the murder of an RSS worker in Bantwal.

Officials on Sunday imposed prohibitory orders in Mangaluru until July 30 following communal tension in the region, PTI reported. Meanwhile, police summoned the head of a local mutt to appear for questioning after he claimed he had “vital leads” in the murder of an RSS worker in Bantwal.

The prohibitory order will be in force from 6am on Sunday until midnight on July 30, a statement from Mangaluru Police Commissioner TR Suresh’s office said. Four other taluks of the district have been under prohibitory orders for several weeks on account of the unrest.

“All acts of public utterance of cries including singing of songs, playing of music, use of gestures, exhibition or dissemination of objects such as placards and pictures which may affect public order will stand prohibited,” the reported said.

Sri Rajasekharananda Swami, the honorary president of Hindu Samrakshana Samiti, has said he would reveal details about the murder case only if the National Investigation Agency took over, PTI reported.

On July 10, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramiah (pictured above) had ordered the police to arrest those disrupting communal harmony in the district.

The region has been tense for more than a month. Communal tensions escalated on July 7 when a Rashtriya Swayamswevak Sangh worker Sharath Madivala succumbed to injuries he had sustained in an attack three days earlier. Madivala, 28, was stabbed by unidentified assailants while he was leaving his laundry shop on BC Road in Bantwal Taluk on July 4.

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