On Friday, Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner R. Selvamani appealed to the public to cooperate with the administration to maintain peace and order in the district. He addressed a peace meeting attended by representatives of the Hindu and Muslim communities in his office.
Differences between the groups were quite common. However, leaders must take responsibility for guiding young people and solving the problem amicably. “The official apparatus is always with people to solve problems. The police take all necessary measures to maintain public order. A small incident can have a big impact on the business community,” he said.
Police Superintendent BMLaxmi Prasad said the district police have taken action to stop ganja trafficking. Effective policing has yielded good results in recent days. The police would continue to crack down on the ganja. “However, the police alone cannot stop this. The public has a role. Parents should pay attention to their children and avoid giving them money to buy such things,” he said.
In addition, he said the administration has given importance to installing CCTV cameras at major traffic points. As part of the Smart City project, 135 new CCTV cameras would be installed. “It is necessary to hold peace meetings in neighborhoods to ensure peace,” he said.
Eastern Range IGP K.Thiyagarajan said police are monitoring social media accounts, where people have been spreading rumours. People who incite violence would face stern measures, he warned.
“Celebrate Ganesha Festival with Grandeur”
Aftab Parvez, a leader representing the Muslim community, asked the district administration to allow the Ganesha festival in the city of Shivamogga without worrying about the issue of public order.
Attending the peace meeting, Mr. Parvez said, “Let there be a great celebration of Ganesha festival. We will be by your side and ensure that the festival is celebrated without any untoward incident. The Ganesha festival has a role in our struggle for freedom. Bal Gangadhar Tilak used Ganesha festivals to spread the message of the freedom movement,” he said.
His opinion was well appreciated during the meeting. Those present responded with applause.
Representatives of different organizations also took the floor on this occasion.