|Ban on communal organisations demanded
Milli Gazette Online
Gulbarga: The Karnataka Souhardha Vedike on February 11 demanded that the state government ban organisations propagating communalism, such as the RSS VHP, Bajrang Dal, and the ABVP to prevent further division of people on communal lines and protect the integrity of the country. Addressing media here, the conveners of the vedike, Shankarayya Ghanti, Shoukat Ali Alur, Basawaraj Sulibhavi, Peer Bhasha, and Shyamsunder Joshi, said that the vedhike has decided to step up its campaign against communal forces and create awareness among the people about "the designs of these organisations" by taking out padayatras from different parts of the State on May 20 and converge at Kudalasanghama in Bagalkot district for a rally on June 20. The padayatras have been organised to pressure the government to enact special legislations to control communal forces, constitute special forces to tackle communal violence, demand the constitution of a legislature committee to study communal clashes in the state, and a white paper on the action taken to prevent the recurrence of communal clashes in sensitive areas. The vedike also demanded that the Government hold the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of a particular area responsible if communal violence takes place in a district. The vedike will urge the Government to introduce lessons on communal amity in first to seventh standard textbooks. Ghanti said that one team each will leave from Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Bellary, and Koppal, two teams from Mysore and the Bombay Karnataka region on May 20 and reach Kudalasangama to participate in the State level rally on June 20.
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