BENGALURU: The city police on Friday booked 36 cases against Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Narayana Gowda faction) activists for allegedly blackening Hindi words on the signboards at Namma Metro stations in many parts of city on Thursday. Police sources said that in all the cases, the protesters have been booked for destroying public property and were produced before courts.
Vedike activists have, however, accused a few police officers of booking cases under wrong IPC sections. They claimed that in some of the cases, the activists have been booked under IPC 153 (a) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and indulging in acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony). “But we have neither provoked anybody by our actions or speech, nor not created any hatred. We just have blackened the Hindi words written in Metro stations,” a KRV member argued.
Additional Commissioner of Police (west) Malini Krishnamurthy said, “Eleven cases have been booked in West Bengaluru against the persons who blackened the Hindi words in Metro stations.”
On Wednesday, six people were arrested in Kamakshipalya for blackening Hindi words in the Metro station.