Pramesh S Jain & Dr B Thomas (Special Correspondent)
embers of Chamarajapet Ganeshutsav Samithi on Saturday staged a protest in front of the police station accusing police harassment .
The samithi members shouted slogans against the police for few minutes before they were detained and taken to city armed grounds as part of preventive detention.
The protest was staged following a notice issued by the police to the committee seeking details of the route for the Immersion procession.
The Committee which was granted permission for Ganesha installation at Ayyappswamy temple premises till September 10,have been asked to seek separate permission for the immersion
The Samithi alleging harassment said that the police have also imposed too many restrictions , now asking for a separate permission for Ganesha immersion procession along with details of the route.
The notice also stated that permission will not be granted if the route of the procession has not been submitted .
This is a clear harassment and depriving the religious rights, the samithi said calling the members on social media to participate in large numbers .
However the police said that seeking details of the route for the procession is as security measures taken.
The route march details will help us to decide deploy police personnel for security along the route and ensure law and order, a police officer said.
The Samiti members also sought permission to conduct a procession at Padarayanapura,Sirsi Circle,and Goripalya which was also denied.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru Ganeshotsav Samiti general secretary Prakash Raju accused Chamarajpet Inspector of being ‘anti-Hindu and operating on the order of MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan.’
On August 30,the Supreme Court had ordered to maintain the status quo for two days and had asked the petitioners to approach Karnataka High Court.