Bengaluru: Right-wing Hindu activists were detained by Bengaluru police after they entered the Eidgah Maidan on Tuesday July 12 as part of a bandh called by the Chamarajpet Citizens’ Federation, claiming that the area is open to the public and not just a Wakf Board property where Muslims may only do prayers.
Several protesters took to the streets at 8.00 am to make sure traders did not open their stores.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Laxman B. Nimbargi said that no permission was given to stage protests or a bandh. To maintain peace and order, 350 Constables, four platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), 12 Inspectors, 30 Sub-Inspectors, and 60 Assistant Sub-Inspectors were deployed.
Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said the government in no way support the bandh. “Why should we support Bandh? To prevent any violence, we have deployed police security in the area, he added.