Mangaluru, Nov 10: When the Tipu Jayanti celebrations began at the Netravati Auditorium of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat in the city on Friday morning, men-in-khaki arrested a local BJP leader for allegedly trying to disrupt the programme.
Tight security is in place at the programme venue and police are not allowing the people without any identity cards to entre the auditorium. BJP minority morcha leader Franklin Monteiro was detained when he tried to entre the auditorium to disrupt the programme.
According to Mangaluru City Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh, Tipu Jayanti is being held at only one place in the city. Neither has any other organisation applied for permission to hold the celebrations nor the police have given permission to hold such programmes today.
Mr. Suresh said the city police have booked over 80 security cases against habitual offenders and obtained bonds from them for good behaviour. Police are also keeping a close watch on trouble mongers to prevent any untoward incident, he said. The police have also taken a few trouble mongers into preventive custody on Thursday evening.
Over 1,200 police personnel, including those from Karnataka State Reserve Police and City Armed Reserve, have been deployed at all sensitive areas across the city police commissionerate. Also, one company of Rapid Action Force is stationed in the city to face any eventuality.