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Karnataka to invoke Goonda Act on V-Day
Published on 9 Feb. 2009 1:16 AM IST
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In an apparent warning to Srirama Sene, which has opposed to Valentine’s Day celebrations in the state, Karnataka government today said charges under the Goonda Act will be invoked against anyone taking law into their own hands on February 14, according to Chairing a peace consultative committee meeting here in the backdrop of the right wing outfit’s threat to attack places where Valentine’s Day celebrations are held, state Home Minister V S Acharya said: “stern action will be initiated against any organisation which creates trouble on the day. If needed, the Goonda Act will be invoked against those taking the law into their own hands.” Police will be given a free hand to initiate action against anyone who indulges in illegal activities and those instigating such acts, he said. Earlier, Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari warned the Sene against attempts to disrupt Valentine’s Day celebrations and said such acts would be dealt with firmly. Without directly naming the Sene, Bidari said in Bangalore that any act aimed at preventing celebration of Valentine’s Day will amount to an offence under Sec 153 (A) of the IPC. He also said necessary protection will be given to bars, pubs, and shops selling Valentine’s Day cards if the owners apprehended any obstruction or danger to their business. Acharya said the Home Ministry is contemplating appointing a media ombudsman in Mangalore to check “sensationalism” of any incident by the media. When asked about the abduction of the daughter of Kerala CPI (M) MLA C H Kunhambu, he said action has already been taken against the culprits and five persons have been arrested. He appealed the public to cooperate and bring to notice of the police if they come across any illegal activities. If police fail to take action immediately, disciplinary action will be initiated against them. If the police did not respond, it should be brought to the notice of district administration or to himself (Acharya), the minister added.

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