Belagavi: There has been a ruckus in Karnataka for the past few days over the pictures and posters of Veer Savarkar. Meanwhile, some right-wing organizations and BJP leaders have criticized the police’s order to take permission before putting up posters of freedom fighters, including Jawaharlal Nehru and Veer Savarkar, in public places in Belagavi in the state. ADG (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said that in Belagavi people can put up photographs of freedom fighters in public places only after taking permission from the local municipal body.
This order of ADG came due to tension
Kumar had said, “We don’t mind if anyone wants to put up a picture of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, but photographs in public places, whether it is of Jawaharlal Nehru, or of Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Veer Savarkar. The person has to take permission from the local body to use it. The ADG is believed to have issued the order in the wake of tension created at some places over posters carrying photographs of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar at Ganesh pandals in Belagavi.
‘ADG does not know the history of Belagavi’
Criticizing this decision of ADG, BJP MLA Abhay Patil said that Alok Kumar does not know the history of Belagavi, so he made such a statement. The MLA said that for the first time in the whole of South India, Balgangadhar Tilak installed the idol of Ganesha in Belagavi in 1905, since then the tradition of putting Tilak’s photo in Ganesh pandals started. Patil asked, ‘What permission, what permission? Whose permission do we have to take to put up the picture of Tilak and Savarkar?’
‘Are we putting Afzal Guru’s photo’
Patil further said, ‘Are we putting Afzal Guru’s photo? We have been photographing them for decades. When earlier such permission was not needed, what is the need for it now?’ He said the Belagavi tradition would continue and no permission was needed as the people of the district were not ‘cowards’. Pramod Muthalik, the chief of right-wing organization Shri Ram Sena, also condemned the police order. Mutalik said, ‘Mr ADG, in which country are we living?’
‘ADG apologize and withdraw order’
Mutalik said, ‘Don’t you know that Savarkar and Tilak are among those who gave us freedom?’ He demanded that the ADG apologize and withdraw his order. Meanwhile, tension prevailed at some places in Honnali in Davangere district after miscreants tore up posters of Savarkar and Tilak along with local BJP MLA Renukacharya. Members of a right-wing organization protested outside a police station demanding the arrest of those who tore the posters.
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