//Centre holds talks with MHA officials on Mangalore riots

Centre holds talks with MHA officials on Mangalore riots

8 Oct, 2006, PTI

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed on Sunday held discussions with the Home Ministry officials on the situation arising out of the communal clashes in Mangalore and also met Karnataka Governor T N Chaturvedi.

The Minister said the Governor had decided to cut short his stay in the capital and return to the State in view of the tense situation arising out of the violence in Mangalore which has so far claimed two lives and injuries more than 70 others.

Meanwhile, according to information reaching here one person hailing from Dubai, who was planning to return after the expiry of his visa, was allegedly waylaid by Bajrang Dal activists and stabbed to death.

In Bangalore, Home Minister M P Prakash on saturday had said the state government suspected the hand of "communal fundamentalists" in the violence that also left more than people injured and brought life in Mangalore district to a standstill for two days.

Prakash had inferred that the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, VHP, Rama Sena and Hindu Jagran could be involved in fomenting the communal trouble.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said the home department is ascertaining whether SIMI activists had any role in the violence, which erupted after Bajrang Dal activists stopped a vehicle carrying cattle to a slaughter house on Wednesday.

 Earlier, curfew in Mangalore and three other nearby areas in Karnataka was extended till Monday evening after it was relaxed for two hours on Sunady. No fresh incident was reported since Saturday night at Konaje, Ullal and Mangalore rural limits.

Curfew, which was relaxed between 9 AM and 11 AM to enable people to buy essential items, has been extended till 1800 hrs on Monday, he said. The district administration would take a decision on whether to relax the curfew for sometime or to continue it on Monday morning, he said.

As many as 300 people had been taken into custody in the last three days, Dayanand said.

Karnataka Home Minister M P Prakash, who has blamed fundamentalists from both communities for the trouble in this communally sensitive coastal district, is expected to arrive here on Monday to review the situation.

Violence broke out on Wednesday when some Bajrang Dal activists stopped a vehicle carrying cattle to a slaughter house. A group of six persons travelling in an ambulance were attacked on Saturday night, with one of them succumbing to injuries later. Another victim of a stone throwing incident died on Saturday morning.