Police deny Permission for, ‘Mangaluru Chalo’ (Bike rally)

The permission was denied on Wednesday (6th September 2017) by the city police to the BJP Yuva Morcha for taking out a bike rally from the city as part of its ‘Mangaluru Chalo’ initiative.

A. Subramanyeshwara Rao said he has invoked provisions under City Police Commissioner, 1963 to prevent the bike rally, which he termed as a threat to “public order”.

  • Under the Section 34 and 35 of the Karnataka Police Act.
  • under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

on Wednesday Prohibitory orders have been imposed for 48 hours from 6 a.m. in the city by the police just to maintain the limits, Mr. Rao said at a press meet on Tuesday.

On 30th August, the office-bearers of the Yuva Morcha, on receipt of a communication from to take out a bike rally, the police issued a show-cause notice to representatives of the outfit asking why the rally should not be banned as it would not only disturb traffic movement but would also inconvenience the public by affecting the elderly, school-going children, and essential services, the rally will be comprising of more than 1,000 people from the city on September 6, So the police denied to it.

Mr. Rao making the people aware of the rally said: “On Tuesday that we received their reply late and found it unsatisfactory,”  The police expressed their concern about the common people, as they fear that the rally would pose a threat to communal peace not only in Mysuru, but also the adjoining places in the towns along the way it.

As per the police said information the rally will go through several communally sensitive areas along the 340-km route, posing a threat to the law and order situation, The rally is scheduled to pass Hunsur and Kodagu before reaching Dakshina Kannada and Mangaluru.

On Wednesday morning the Yuva Morcha leaders decided that the motorcyclists are to gather at Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple in front of Mysuru palace and after that, they together will set out for Mangaluru via Hunsur Road.

Mr. Rao the concerning officer further added that “The BJP Yuva Morcha took no responsibility for the trouble that was likely to arise and gave no convincing explanation as their response to the show-cause notice,  They even have not allowed bike rallies earlier and do not wish to open a Pandora’s Box by giving them permission and setting a precedent for future bike rallies.”

After the recent trouble Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Panchkula in Haryana was convicted of rape the officer cited keep that incident in mind that “ Previously the common life has deserted due to it. So, we should learn from experience and take steps to prevent the situation from getting out of hand,” he said.

As per him “The decision to deny permission for the rally was taken on the basis of “local inputs,” When he asked for a reason by the press.

KFD and PFI — for their alleged role in the deaths of several right-wing activists and to demand a CBI inquiry, that the rally has been called to seek a ban on organisations. At the same time, BJP Yuva Morcha State president Pratap Simha told The Hindu that denial of permission indicates how “desperate” the government is to curtail the rally.

Dakshina Kannada MP, Nalin Kumar Kateel, said the refusal indicated Congress, “fear of losing the forthcoming Assembly polls”, adding that holding protests is everyone’s democratic right. The organisers have been adviced by the police to conduct a convention in Mangaluru, for which permission would be accorded if a suitable application is made. However, the organisers are bent upon holding the motorcycle rally, the Commissioner said.

T.R. Suresh Mangaluru City Police Commissioner told The Hindu that had it been a political rally, the police would have considered according permission. “There is every chance of the rally turning into communal strife,” he said.

City Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar on Monday night issued an order prohibiting bike rallies in the city on September 8, 12 a.m. The order issued by the Commissioner cites maintainance of law and order as well as traffic flow across the city as the reason for the ban.

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