Stone throwing during Rajaotsav celebrations

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Autorikshaws damaged: Lathi charge done at Khadak Galli

The police did not specifically state the cause of the incident, reliable sources in the department said the trouble started when a saffron kite was spotted near Khadak Galli, off Rani Channamma Circle-Shaniwarkut Road. On spotting the kite, some of the Kannada activists protested.

Suddenly, stones were pelted and the windshields of five autorickshaws parked on one side of the street were smashed.

The police, who were taken unawares, used their lathis to break up the procession and brought the situation under control. The procession resumed after the tension eased.

Four persons injured in the melee were admitted to hospital. Some of the police personnel also suffered minor injuries in the stone pelting.

On the other side, Kannada Rajyotsava was celebrated with added pomp and fanfare this year on Saturday as the long-standing demand to accord classical language status for Kannada was granted.

Source: The Hindu
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