S.O. News service, Bangalore, 20 May.:
Thousands of members of the Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD), mainly from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, took out a rally through important roads in Bangalore on Friday, urging the Chief Minister to initiate action against those co-operating with fascist forces leading to increase in communal tension and attaks on the minorities in the coastal region.
The rally started from Kuddus Saheb Idgah and passed through Millers Road, Infantry Road and concluded at Shivajinagar stadium. With the slogan, "Save Karnataka from communal and fascist forces," the KFD claimed that there has been an increase in the number of attacks on minorities in the State, particularly in the coastal districts.
Addressing the protestors at the Shivajinagar stadium, the leaders of the forum said that the elected representatives were silent on the attacks that were taking place on the minorities in the coastal region. As the elected representatives and the police had allegedly failed to protect the minorities in the coastal districts, they had been forced to take out the rally in Bangalore, they said.
Targeting the Sangh Parivar for the attacks, KFD General Secretary Yasir Hasan stated that Hindu fascist forces have gained confidence after the BJP came to power along with the JD (S) and minorities are being targeted in the coastal region. It also demanded that the government make public the contents of the Sadashiv Commission report on the 1999 communal riots in Surathkal.
Though the police had made arrangements for smooth vehicle movement, traffic was affected at some places because of the procession.