Eidgahs targeted in Karnataka on the pretext of Ganesh festival

There is a dispute over the ownership of the Eidgah Maidan in Bengaluru, the capital of the southern state of Karnataka, where the majority community had planned to hold Ganesh ceremonies, which has not received the approval of the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Eidgah Maidan turned into a Bengaluru police cantonment to avert any untoward incident there. However, in Hubli, another city in Karnataka, the Eidgah Maidan came under Ganesh celebrations. The Karnataka High Court late on Tuesday allowed the Hindu community to celebrate Ganesh ceremonies at the Eidgah Maidan in Hubli. The court said that there is no ownership dispute in Hubli opposite the Bengaluru Eidgah Maidan, so the Ganesh festival can be organized at the Eidgah Maidan. So, on Wednesday, Ganesh idol was installed at Eidgah Maidan in Hubli
Bangalore’s Eidgah Maidan has been converted into a police cantonment
BENGALURU: The Karnataka Police has deployed around 1500 police officials on the premises of Bengaluru’s Eidgah Maidan after the Supreme Court order disallowing Ganesh Utsav celebrations at the disputed venue. Among the police officials are 21 ACPs, 47 inspectors, 130 sub-inspectors, 126 assistant sub-inspectors and 900 constables will be supervised by DCPs. A total of 120 officials of the Rapid Action Force, a team of 100 special ammunition experts, 10 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police will also be deployed. Police have already arrested miscreants in the area and conducted flag marches and meetings with religious leaders. has been fighting and urging authorities to allow him to celebrate Ganesh Utsav, has said he will comply with the Supreme Court’s order. Hindu organizations have chosen to abide by the order. However, the police are taking no chances. Forum president Rame Gowda said the organization will continue its legal battle and is confident of success in the coming days and later celebrate Ganesh Utsav in a grand manner at Eidgah Maidan. The police have also made tight security arrangements at the Eidgah Maidan in Hubli city where the Karnataka High Court has allowed Ganesh Utsav celebrations. While hearing the issue of holding ceremonies on the occasion, it had directed the Karnataka government to maintain the previous stand and not celebrate Ganesh Utsav here.

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