Mangaluru: The coastal city is the first in south India to have faced violence and rioting against the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Two were killed and 18 injured including five policemen in the stone throwing incidents on Thursday. Police had to open fire to quell the violent protests.
At 2 pm on Thursday, a large group had gathered less than a kilometer away from the Police Commissioner's office in violation of prohibitory orders under Indian Penal Code’s Section 144. In less than an hour, the stone pelting began in parts of Bunder (old port area) and crowds moved all over central Mangalore city.
Imposition of a curfew notwithstanding, the crowds did not relent and continued to violate prohibitory orders. At this point of time, few more people joined from neighbouring Kasargod district, which let control slip out of police’s hands.
"Nobody has any problem with the National Registry of Citizens (NRC). I am also sure there would not have been any problem even with CAA had it been done only in affected states where illegal migrants were there," said KSM Masood, Udupi Dakshina Kannada central Muslim Committee.
Peace has returned to the city though the curfew will be in force till late Sunday. Bus services and other transport services have been suspended inside Mangaluru city.
Justice Santhosh Hegde, former Lokayukta of Karnataka, speaking to Mint, said he suspected the motive and the action of the students being involved in the unrest. "I do not understand why the students are involved in this movement at all. Generally they do not involve in something that does not concern them. Some hands behind the scene are marshalling them to this work. And use them as their shield to gain political mileage," he said.
Congress leader Siddaramaiah and chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa will be in Mangaluru on Saturday. The CM will also hold a review meeting of the security in the city.