Pfi, Sdpi Protestors Caned In Hubbali | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI/DAVANAGERE/ BELAGAVI: Police resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse supporters of the PFI and the SDPI when they blocked the Pune-Bengaluru highway at Koulpeth, condemning raids on the outfits in the state and other parts of the country on Thursday.
Some members of the PFI and the SDPI held a protest against the NIA raids and arrest of some activists and blocked the highway, which stopped traffic movement.
When the police tried to disperse the blockade, the protesters did not pay heed and raised slogans against the BJP government. They called the raids politically motivated.
The police then started a lathi-charge to disperse the agitators. More than 50 protesters were taken into custody. Police commissioner Labhu Ram, DCP (law and order) Sahil Bagla and other officers brought the situation under control.
Police commissioner Labhu Ram said: “We had to resort to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the SDPI and PFI members blocking the road and causing traffic problems. We took around 50 protesters into custody.” He added: “We have deployed adequate and additional police personnel in the city to prevent any untoward incident in the city.”
While the police tried to disperse the blockade, there was jostling during which DCP Sahil Bagla fell down. He was back on his feet soon.
‘Cong wanted them banned’
Senior Congress leader MB Patil said the government must ban all organisations that disturb communal harmony. Patil’s comments, in the light of the NIA raids on PFI, came before he took part in the 55th birthday celebrations of former minister SS Mallikarjun. Patil said that the NIA had all power to raid the organisations which are anti-patriotic and spread disharmony. “Who is at fault and who is right, I do not know,” he said.
The Congress has been seeking bans on such organisations, Patil said. “It is a known fact that the minorities are targeting, but it does not mean that we are supporting the SDPI and PFI,” Patil said. “All such communal organisations should be banned and then automatically, peace will be established,” he said.

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