Mangaluru: Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N. Shashi Kumar held a meeting with Muslim community leaders a day after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai issued a direction to ensure peace and order in the State amid nationwide protests over derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad on Monday June 13.
The meeting was called by the Compol in response to rumours spreading on social media by anonymous people and organizations inciting protests. “There were a number of offensive social media messages that targeted communities,” he said.
Community leaders were urged not to listen to rumours spread on the internet, and their cooperation was requested in order to maintain peace and tranquillity.
Muslim community leaders responded positively to the request and assured officials that no protests were planned in response to the request, said Commissioner.
B. A. Mumtaz Ali, Vice President of the Muslim Central Committee, backed the Police Commissioner’s remarks and welcomed the administration’s decision to call community leaders to a meeting. He said that efforts must be made to resolve issues on a local level. “It would be fruitful to call a joint meeting with the people’s representatives and leaders of all communities were called to sort out pernicious issues,” he added.