BENGALURU: Bengalureans waiting for the ‘Kiss of Love’ protest will have to wait a little longer.
On Wednesday, its organisers met the police seeking permission to hold the event. They were asked to return with more details about the event.
Though the event is slated to be held on November 29 tentatively, this too is yet to be confirmed with reports of heavy VIP movement through the city on that day.
According to Sandeep Patil, DCP (Central), the organisers met the police asking for permission to hold the protest.
“We want a few more clarifications and will decide on whether to give permission or not after these issues are clarified,” Patil said.
When asked what clarifications were required, he said, “The letter that was provided to us had no mention of the mode of protest. This is, incidentally, the most controversial aspect of the protest and we need more details on exactly what has been planned, what the protesters will be doing so that we can take a call on what kind of security to provide or whether to give permission or not.”
When asked about the police not being able to provide security on the dates planned because of VIP movement, Patil replied, “Everyday there is some VIP movement or the other in the city.”
Meanwhil, the event organiser, Rachitha Taneja, was unavailable for comment.
Complaint Against Organisers
Vinay Kumar B M, a social worker, has filed a complaint against the organisers demanding the police not to permit the organisers to hold the event.
Kumar had initially gone to Cubbon Park police station stating that he wanted to file an First Information Report (FIR). against the event organisers.
However, he was told that if he wanted to file an FIR, he would have to wait for the event to get over.
He then went to the Remote FIR Registration Centre in the Traffic Management Centre, where too he was told the same thing.
He stated that the reason he wanted to file an FIR was to stop the event.
“If I do not file a complaint, the police may think no one has an objection to the event and give the organisers permission to hold it. I do not want this to happen,” he is said to have told the policemen.
Realising that Kumar would not leave, the police agreed to file a non-cognisable report.
He was told that if the event is held and he still has a problem with it, he can file an FIR.