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Dakshina Kannada police betrays their saffron colour

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A collage of pictures glorifying RSS volunteers had been on display on the home page of Dakshin Kannada (South Karnataka) Police website for some time. But within minutes of Bangalore Mirror calling up the area SP on 26 May, it was pulled down and an “under construction” image greeted the website visitors.

The police in Karnataka had on various occasions showed their saffron colours. But never before had they so openly flaunted their saffron side. The official website of the Dakshina Kannada district police (www. dkpolice. org) displayed a collage of pictures which appeared to extol the virtues of the RSS on its home page. The collage showed RSS volunteers in their trademark khaki shorts marching in order and engaging in social activities. Administrative arms of the government are supposed to be secular, but the pictures suggested otherwise and caused alarm; especially since Mangalore, the district headquarters, has time and again been ravaged by communal strifes. Hindu activists here are prone to attacking pubs and churches. Much abused Bhatkal falls within this region. This official website was launched in 2009, and is being revamped by Abhishek Goyal, the current SP. The collage had been on the website for more than a year and saw more than two lakh visitors. But when contacted, Goyal said, “I am unaware of this. It’s a bad mistake. The website is still in the process of being revamped. Within minutes, the entire site was pulled down and replaced by a single page which bore the message: ‘This site is under construction’.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2012 on page no. 13

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