Thursday, October 26, 2017
The city police today clamped Section 144 of IPC and Section 30 of the Police Act banning public meetings and gatherings and movement of the public in groups for 45 days in the city.
The decision to impose ban by the police following growing controversy over the simultaneously scheduled public meetings in support of writer Kancha Illaiah and the Arya Vysya community.
The police had earlier announced that permission had not been given to both the organizers. The JAC planned to take a rally with thousands of activists and hold a public meeting at Gymkhana Grounds on October 28. The Arya Vysya Sangham also raised its voice against the deliberate intent of holding meeting in the area dominated by the Vysya-Brahmin population on the same day. JAC had acquired ground permission from the Municipal Corporation on October 9 and paid the rent. It applied for police permission a few days later.
In the backdrop of the police imposition of prohibitory orders, the JAC members led by convenor Y.Koteswara Rao said they would hold the rally and the meeting as per the schedule. ‘We have not received any response from the police about the denial of permission. The JAC has first applied for the permission and the police should inform us instead of passing on the information to media’, said B.Rayappa, co-convenor of the JAC and State organizing secretary of the Dalit Hakkula Porata Samiti.
Meanwhile, in the evening Arya Vysya Sangham representatives said that they would confront the meeting if it were to happen. ‘We welcome the denial of permission of police. However, if they fail to stop the JAC the Arya Vysya Sangham will confront them’, said Doondi Rakesh.
The DCP Kranti Rana Tata told media notices had been sent to the representatives of both the parties and any attempts to breach the tranquility would be strictly dealt with.