Is Kodagu turning into a communal tinder box?
Prohibitory orders have been clamped on Madikeri town following group clashes between the major and minority communities in the past few days.
The clashes were preceded by certain unsavory developments where suspected members of the minority community set fire to the door of the Gaddige (Rajas’ tombs) at Madikeri, one of the historical monuments of Kodagu.
A few days prior to the Gaddige incident, the Clock Tower at Virajpet suffered minor damages during a procession taken out by the members of the minority community.
The immediate provocation for the trouble in Madikeri was sparked after miscreants stoned shops belonging to the minorities during the Hindu ‘Shobha Yatra’ on February 24.
The minority community retaliated the next day by closing down their shops and allegedly pelting stones at the shops of the majority community traders. The police resorted to baton-charge to disperse unruly mobs.
The district administration has ordered the closure of schools and colleges in Madikeri till a peace committee meeting is held on Sunday to sort out the mistrust between the two communities.
EDITOR’S VIEW: The Kodagu district administration has to take the blame for failing to maintain the law and order.
The lunatic fringe elements from both the major and minority communities have been responsible for creating communal tension in Kodagu.
It is a known fact that jihadi elements have been taking shelter in Kodagu for several years now. Nazir, who was allegedly involved in the Bangalore bomb blasts is reported to have hatched the conspiracy during his sojourn in Kodagu.
The police should have made foolproof arrangement for the Hindu rally at Madikeri in the backdrop of the Gaddige incident which had infuriated the majority community.
It is time the district administration woke up from its slumber and dealt firmly with the miscreants.