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Violence was incited, says Karnataka CM

April 14, 2006 13:44 IST

Rejecting allegations that the government and administrative machinery failed to contain mob violence during thespian Rajkumar's funeral, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today alleged that trouble had been "incited".

Rajkumar's fans were not responsible for the violence, Kumaraswamy asserted at a press conference in Bangalore, as the city returned to normal a day after witnessing an orgy of violence that claimed six lives in police firing and that of a
constable in mob violence. Another person was killed in a stampede near the funeral venue.

Confirming that eight persons had been killed, the chief minister said 235 persons were injured in the violence.

"The incident is not a black spot on the image of the government. There are several things I know, which I do not want to discuss in public," Kumaraswamy said, refusing to name the forces the administration had identified as responsible for inciting violence.

Commending the police, he said the situation would have gotten worse and more innocent people could have been affected, had the police not acted with restraint.

The chief minister did not say whether his government would order an inquiry into the violence. The cabinet would discuss the issue of payment of compensation to those killed and injured, he said.

Kumaraswamy said police personnel bore the brunt of the violence, as 174 of them had suffered injuries, with 56 admitted to hospitals.

Among civilians, 60 had been injured and nine were undergoing treatment as inpatients.

The police had taken 563 persons into preventive custody after trouble broke out following the demise of Rajkumar, he said.

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Sub: Why Violence?

Why are people indulging in violence? He may be a great actor and may have large fan following? I still don't get the reason for ...

Posted by userwas

Sub: Rajkumar & Voilence

As a country men i am ashamed to see such an incident has happenned in Bangalore, which is one of the TOP IT City in ...

Posted by Krishna Kumar

Sub: Ridiculous!

It is ridiculous to expect the Govt to pay for lives that were lost while illegally rioting. The Govt should rather arrest and fine the ...

Posted by Commentator

Sub: Violence in K'taka

Agreed that Late Rajkumar has a huge fan follwing in Karnataka but it is coupled with hooliganism. Strange that food, clothing and shelter does not ...

Posted by RTB

Sub: Rajkumar & Voilence

Even a terrorist is ready to die for the organisation. I remember the case during the kidnapping of Rajkumar. The state of Karnataka has given ...

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