version about Mysore riot and subsequent events
14 August 2009
MG had carried the story
Police attacks peaceful rally protesting Hindutva
miscreants. Then we published the
Rejoinder from the Deputy
Commissioner and District Magistrate, Mysore District, Karnataka. Below
is Popular Front of India's
to it here. Now, this is the Second rejoinder
from District Magistrate, Mysore
Dear Editor Sir,
Thank you once again for publishing the rejoinder. Though we are not bound
to respond to every article that comes in any publications, still, I am
responding to articles in Milli gazette, as I believe that, this
publication stands for truth and fairness. Also, it is our duty to inform
the citizens about the facts. Hence my second rejoinder to the article
from the President, PFI.
After reading that, I thought I should share with you the detailed
document on the incidents. It has not been made public so far. But, I felt
it need to be shared will MG. I am attaching the document (below).
Added to that, is the following:
The claim that there has been some pressure on the officers is not true.
As the DC, I state that, both I and the Police Commissioner have been
given the complete freedom to deal with the situation as per law. Let’s be
fair. And, there is no need for the DC to justify anything to any
publication! We are accountable to law of the land. I have sent the
rejoinder, because it is the duty of everyone of us to share with others
the facts. We have an open mind regarding things which we were not
directly exposed to (like the injured who got treated and left the
hospital). I request that everybody else should also have an open mind to
accept the facts and truth.
Regarding the pictures of the injured, I did crosscheck with the Police,
and they informed me that there were out-patients in the BB Ayesha
Hospital, who immediately left the place after treatment. It means there
have been more persons (at least 10 as per the pictures) who were injured,
than one. As they were not available in the hospital, we could not include
them in the list of the injured. If PFI can furnish the names and
addresses of the injured, we will cross-verify and will include in the
official list of the injured, and also will take care of their treatment.
Kindly let us know if there are any other facts which we might have
I wish that they also got admitted and got treated. Indeed, the district
administration ensured every person who was injured in the violence was
treated properly at the best hospitals. Not only the hospital expenses
were borne by the administration, but we ensured that every patient was
taken care of individually by the officials. Thus, it is totally incorrect
and false to say that any hospital was pressurised not to treat the
patients! I and the Police Commissioner had personally visited every
hospital and met every injured Muslim brother, and ensured that they get
the best treatment. The district administration works for the people, and
kindly don't even suggest such a allegation.
Regarding the support of the Muslims leaders, we have always appreciated
the assistance rendered by them. We are never against anybody, whether it
is the leader of PFI or PFI itself. We have not blamed anybody. We are not
against anybody. We have just given the facts. Whenever anybody does a
good work, we are the first ones to recognise and appreciate them. At the
same time, even when a good person does an offence, the law does not spare
him. We are just doing what we are expected to do under the law.
With regard to the release of the persons arrested on July 9th, a shocking
fact has come to light, that out of 169 persons taken into custody, 132
have given false information regarding their names/addresses. It means
their bail plea has been rejected by the court. The names and addresses
given by them have been verified by police teams and they were found to be
false/bogus. Now, unless they give their correct names and addresses, they
will not be released by the court. Barring, few cases, the Police is not
objecting to the bail of anybody. But due to false information given by
them, they could not be released. Now, what is the necessity of furnishing
If they give correct address, the district administration will not object
for their bail. We have already released 39 persons. Had the others also
given correct addresses, all 132 would have been free by this time! Kindly
realise that releasing the persons on bail is the prerogative of the
court. All we can do is not to object to the bail, which we are doing in
almost all cases.
The district administration is strictly neutral and working as per law. If
you feel otherwise, we request you to come up with evidences supporting
your claims. We will never fail in the duty of upholding the truth, always
and every time.
We are glad about people and organisations having faith in democracy. And
hence, we request them to work along with the district administration,
which is a limb of democracy, in developing Mysore into one among the best
cities in this country.
Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate, Mysore District, Karnataka.
Off: +91.821.2422302, Fax: +91.821.2429012
Cell: 096633.69333 (sms preferred)
A factual account of the violence in Mysore city, July 2009
July, 2nd: Thursday
Around 6.30am in the morning, the Udyagiri police station
(located in the North-east of Mysore city, which has predominant
Muslim population) received information that a carcass of a pig was
found within the compound wall of an Arabic school, under
construction. (The construction of this Arabic school was embroiled in
a controversy, as a local temple committee objected to that, and
the construction was earlier stayed by the Municipal corporation)
Immediately the local police inspector rushed to the spot, and
started the procedure of booking an FIR and also tried to remove the
carcass from the place, so that it won’t attract the crowd. In
sometime, the local MLA, Shri. Tanveer Sait and the Ex-Mayor of the
city, Shri. Ayub Khan rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the
growing crowd and assist the Police in removing the carcass.
But the Muslim youth present there, belonging to one
organization called Popular Front of India (PFI), obstructed the
police who tried to remove the carcass, and demanded the presence of
media. They also incited other youths to obstruct the Police to remove
the carcass. The attempts made by the MLA and the Ex-Mayor in removing
the carcass also went in vain.
By that time, the jurisdictional ACP, followed by the senior
police officer, DCP (Law& order), rushed to the spot and tried
to convince the Muslim youth of the immediate necessity in removing
the carcass, so that, rumors can be controlled and things don’t go out
of control, as only 2 months back there was communal violence in same
The situation at that time did not warrant use of force, to
remove the carcass, as it was expected that the local leaders from the
community/locality would be able to convince the agitated youth.
Meanwhile, by 8.30am, the Police Commissioner arrived at the
spot and assured the crowd, which has swelled to around 500 now, that
immediate FIR will be filed and the police will do everything to nab
the culprit. He appealed to the youths to disperse peacefully, and
allow the carcass to be removed.
The youths did not agree. At this juncture, to divert the
attention of the swelling crowd, Police Commissioner asked the
agitating crowd to come over to Udyagiri PS with their complaint,
assuring them to receive the same personally and take immediate action
against the culprits, to which they agreed.
Accordingly, Police Commissioner, after instructing the DCP, to
get the carcass removed immediately, proceeded to Udyagiri PS. However
the crowd changed their mind, and did not go to the Police station.
But, still, by 10am, the police somehow managed to get the carcass out
and sent it for postmortem.
The news of carcass at the Arabic School spread like wildfire
and youths of the minority community had started gathering in and all
around the area in almost every street, as the locality is
predominated by the minorities. The use of cell phone and sms ensured
the rumours spreading fast.
By then, the Deputy Commissioner, Mysore, (Collector) joined
the Police Commissioner and both started moving together and appealing
to the mobs at all places to disperse. As the mobs were getting armed
with weapons and getting violent, the Police commissioner immediately
invoked section 144 of CrPC, and ordered that that there shall be no
gathering of more than 5 persons.
Simultaneously, The DC and the Police commissioner also talked
to all the Muslim leaders and appealed to them to talk to their youths
and control them. They talked to the MLA, Ex-Mayor and even to the
youth leader, one Shri. Kalim of the PFI. They informed them that
unless the mobs disperse, the police will have no other option but to
use force and it will lead to injury to people.
Though a mob led by Mr. Kalim of PFI, wanted to take a peace
rally, they were desisted by the DC, as the rally of one community
itself may go out of control in such situations. Soon information was
received thru the wireless that at different places the mobs have
started pelting stones at the police, shops etc and are putting fire
on the vehicles. Even one ACP and DCP were injured in the stone
pelting. The Police jeep of the ACP was put on fire, and burnt
completely. The service revolver of an Police officer was snatched.
Hence, armed police were requisitioned and authorized to use
minimum force, to control the crowd. The Police used both tear gas and
lati charge to disperse the crowd, which was getting uncontrollable.
The surging of the crowd and brandishing of weapons (swords, sharp
weapons, iron rods, long sticks) have been captured by the media who
As the area is predominated by Muslim population of more than 1
lakh, the crowds gathered very easily, in every street. As the
locality has innumerable lanes and by-lanes, it was becoming very
difficult to control the mob. Mob dispersed in one street easily
resurfaced in another. Both the DC and the Police commissioner had
tough time in ensuring that the violence doesn’t spread to the other
parts of the city, having population of around 12 lakhs.
Additional police forces were requisitioned to take control of
around 120 streets. Meanwhile, report was received that 2 men were
stabbed (Tirupathi and Mubarak). They were rushed to the hospital
where they were declared brought dead. Later, around 1pm, the local
MLA called the DC over the phone and informed that a boy of age 13 (Junaid)
was killed in police firing.
But, when verified it was found that the Police had fired only,
in the air, to scare the mob and it couldn’t have killed anybody. By
that time, the body of the boy was rushed to the hospital. The Police
commissioner and Deputy Commissioner consoled the parents. By that
time, additional forces came and took positions and the situation was
brought under control.
Both the DC and the Police commissioner visited the mortuary
and inspected all the three bodies. The body of the boy (Junaid Pasha)
showed a small opening in the chest and another at the back, which
appeared to be caused by a bullet (entry and exit wound), leading
everybody to think that it was caused due to Police firing.
But, at the post mortem table, the doctor cleaned the wound,
and disclosed that the injury was not caused by bullet, but by a sharp
long weapon, piercing the chest, and coming out. Still, ensuring
transparency, the administration allowed one doctor recommended by the
leaders of the minority community to inspect the body. They also
arranged for an x-ray to see if any metal residue is inside (in bullet
injury normally metal residues are found) and also took the decision
to get the postmortem done by a committee of doctors headed by the HOD
of Forensic Medicine. (Normally Postmortem is done by a single doctor)
The district administration also invited the media to see the
body and interact with the doctors there. The experts from the
Forensic lab from B’lore were summoned to give their opinion. They
came at midnight, examined the body before everybody, and made it
clear to everybody that the injury was caused by a sharp weapon, like
a pointed steel rod, which was thrust inside making a hole in the
front and coming out in the back, and not a bullet injury.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner and the DC went to all the
hospitals where there were other injured patients. The DC talked to
the District in charge Minister over the phone, and the Minister
immediately announced 1 lakh relief to family of the deceased and also
declared that all the expenditure regarding the injured will be borne
by the Government. All the injured were shifted to the best hospitals
in the city like Apollo, Vikram etc, and every patient was looked
after and taken care by the administration by attaching one official
24hrs with each patient.
Prohibitory orders were imposed in four police station limits
viz., Udyagiri, NR Mohalla, Mandi and Lashkar from 2.7.2009 to
midnight of 5.7.09 by the Police Commissioner. Evening the district
administration immediately called for a ‘Peace meeting’ of both the
communities and appealed for peace. It was attended by important
leaders of both the communities. They also agreed that the bodies of
the three deceased have to be buried the next day without giving
chance for any gathering and frenzy, as it happened to be a Friday.
The night withered off with an eerie calmness.
July 3rd: Friday:
Early morning, the postmortem of the 3 bodies was conducted.
The biggest challenge before the district administration was to intern
the bodies without them being used to create gathering and law & order
problem. As decided, the bodies of the deceased were not allowed to be
taken to their homes in the city. The body of Tirupathi was sent out
of the city to his native place in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, and not to his
local residence in Mysore.
The bodies of the other 2 deceased (minority community), were
taken in the official vehicle straight to the Muslim burial ground.
All the leaders of Muslim community co-operated with the District
administration in this regard. At the Burial ground the Police
commissioner took care of the security and the Deputy Commissioner
participated in the funeral.
As it was Friday, the city Police took extra care in ensuring
peaceful prayers. That evening the Police also formed separate teams
for investigation of the crimes and also got additional reinforcements
from B’lore. That evening the Leader of the Opposition and the
President of the Congress Party intended to visit the violence hit
area, but they were not permitted by the administration as prohibitory
orders u/s.144 was in force.
At around 4.30 pm, a BJP leader, Mr. Giridhar and his friend
Mr. Wajid were brutally attacked by armed assailants. Both were
immediately rushed to the Hospital, and given the best possible
treatment. Thanks to the efforts of all, especially the doctors of
Apollo Hospital, Giridhar, in spite of being grievously injured
As the attack was made using deadly weapons, the Police decided
to raid those streets in that locality, where there was information
regarding storage of deadly weapons. The raids started at midnight and
it was done at all localities, irrespective of whichever community was
living there. Weapons were seized and men were arrested that night.
They were produced before the Magistrate and shifted to the prisons in
Bellary for Judicial custody, as the Mysore prison was full.
Prohibitory orders u/s. 144 Cr.PC restricting total movement
(curfew) during night i.e. from 9.00 pm to 6.00 am was promulgated by
the Police Commissioner from 3.7.09 to 8.7.09 in Udyagiri PS limits.
The situation was fully under control.
July 4th (Saturday)
Next day, protesting against the assault on Sri Giridhar, The
Hindu Jagarana Vedike and Sri Rama Sene called for observance of City
Bundh. The district administration talked to the leaders like, Sri
Ramadas, Parliamentary Secretary to the Hon’ble CM, to appeal to the
leaders to desist from Bundh. But it went in vain. Hence, elaborate
bandobust arrangements were made by the Police Commissioner and the
Bundh was by and large peaceful except for stray incidents. But the
Bundh did hinder the return of normalcy in the city.
The Home Minister made a visit to the city, and met the injured
in the Hospital. He also desisted from visiting the violence hit
areas. He left after meeting the injured in various Hospitals.
Meanwhile, the investigations pointed
fingers at the members of an organization called Popular Front of
India (PFI), who obstructed the police on the morning of 2nd
July, and thereby knowingly were the reason for the eruption of
Hence the DC talked to the leader of the
organization, and asked him and his team members to surrender and
co-operate with the Police. Though the leader, Mr. Kalim responded by
saying that he will be ready for custody if it helps the
administration, he was neither available at his residence nor
surrendered to the Police for next 3 days, till he was arrested by the
5th July to 8th July: (Sunday to Wednesday)
The days went off peacefully. However to ensure total peace,
the Police Commissioner extended prohibitory orders u/s.144 Cr.PC till
the midnight of 13.7.2009 in the 4 PS limits on 5.7.2009.On 6th
evening the PFI leaders, who were named in the FIR, were arrested,
after they were allowed to address a media conference. Interestingly,
button knife, catapult with 18 marbles etc were recovered from them
before the full view of the media.
Later on 7th July, evening the office of the PFI was searched,
in front of the independent witnesses. Though the police had the
authority to break open the door and search, still the police waited
for the keys to be brought and searched it following every procedure.
The District In charge Minster arrived from the official trip
from the USA on 8th July, and immediately visited the city. She
visited the injured at various hospitals. Normalcy appeared to have
returned to the city.
9th July (Thursday)
Both the DC and the Police commissioner went to attend the
‘Mysore Dasara’ meeting at B’lore, as Dasara was coming closer. Taking
advantage of the fact, and may be to ensure the issue is raised in the
assembly, the members of PFI from all over the state, and even from
outside the state, descended on the city and went on a protest at
Fountain circle, where 5 roads meet, at 12.30pm.
The local Police informed them that prohibitory order is in
force, thus the gathering is prohibited & illegal, and hence they have
to disperse. But the crowd did not heed to the Police and started
swelling within a short time. They also blocked the traffic. The
Police again appealed them to disperse, or force will be used to
disperse them. The police also arrested scores of the members. Some of
the members did co-operate with the Police and voluntarily court
But, when the lady police of the RAF arrested few of the Muslim
women, who were also violating the prohibitory orders, the crowd
started throwing footwear at the police. (The most oft seen picture of
footwear strewn in the road is not of those who had fled the scene,
but of those which were thrown at the police!) And they tried to surge
ahead and commotion followed. They were more than 3000 men, and they
were turning unruly. A sharp object hit the ACP, Shri. Suresh. Another
Police constable was stabbed in the abdomen.
The police immediately started firing tear gas shells and
resorted to Lati charge to disperse the crowd. That worked and the
crowd dispersed after some time, and the situation was brought under
control. The injured were taken to the BB Ayesha hospital. More than
40 of them took first aid treatment in the hospital and only one was
admitted as in-patient in the KR Hospital. The fact came out that,
many of them were from outside Mysore city, from different parts of
the state, and as well as from Kerala state.
After receiving the news, both the DC and Police commissioner,
rushed back to the city from B’lore. They visited all the injured in
the Hospital. Prohibitory orders u/s.144 Cr.PC restricting total
movement (Curfew) during night i.e. from 9.00 pm to 6.00 am was
promulgated by the Police Commissioner from 9.7.09 to 13.7.09 in
Udyagiri, NR Mohalla and Mandi PS limits.
Later the District administration and Police convened meetings
of minority leaders and explained to them the need to ensure peace at
any cost. The leaders did co-operate and slowly the city is limping
back to normalcy. The local minority leaders have appealed to all
Muslims to keep up peace and also informed that they won’t tolerate
anybody from outside fomenting trouble in Mysore and organizations
should not take law in their hands.
10th July (Friday)
As there are mass prayers on Fridays, the Police Commissioner
called a meeting of all senior Moulvis (Religious heads), just before
Friday prayers in the presence of Deputy Commissioner and Chairman,
Minorities Commission for discussing arrangements for the peaceful
conduct of prayers and appealing them to maintain peace and communal
harmony. All the Moulvis unanimously agreed to cooperate and the
Friday prayers passed off peacefully without any untoward incident.
12th July (Sunday)
As there were very strong rumours about the same organization
again gathering in large numbers in Mysore City from all over
Karnataka State and also from the States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and
Andhra Pradesh defying prohibitory orders to protest the arrest of
their leaders, the Police Commissioner arranged elaborate bandobust to
ensure that their cadres/sympathizers do not enter Mysore city by
seeking help from IGP, SR, Mysore and SPs of neighboring Kerala and TN
Prohibitory Orders u/s. 144 Cr.PC was extended to the entire
city of Mysore from the midnight of 12.7.09 to midnight of 14.7.09 as
a precautionary measure by the Police Commissioner.
13th & 14th July (Monday & Tuesday)
Because of the very strong and elaborate bandobust arranged
there have been no gathering on these days and situation remained
Prohibitory orders u/s.144 Cr.PC was promulgated between
midnight of 14.7.09 to midnight of 19.7.09 in only 3 PS limits viz.
Udyagiri, NR and Mandi by the Police Commissioner. Situation is
totally peaceful and under close watch.
P. Manivannan, IAS
Deputy Commissioner &
Sunil Agarwal, IPS
1 August 2009
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