Karnataka bats for south coalition on the grounds of ‘anti-national forces’

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Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai is working with force to crack down the south-India coalition based on ‘anti-national forces’ as Karnataka registered a higher record of five-year offences against the state, hich also comprises of sedition.

The 2019 data state that 36 cases were recorded for offences against the state which includes sedition and waging war which goes against the nation. And, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Karnataka has the highest as compared to other states.

In conversation with Deccan Herald, Bommai revealed, “There is a conspiracy being hatched by anti-national forces that are mainly concentrated in states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala.”

He said, “Karnataka is now taking the lead in joining hands with all the southern states to tackle this.”

Bommai added that such cooperation amid the states was progressing over a period of last 8-10 months and he wanted to solidify it further.

Bommai indicated that more than 20 people from the state have been arrested regarding ‘anti-national’ activities. He said, “They are currently in Tihar jail.”

Over the last one year, around nine incidents regarding communal riots which have lead to eleven cases where as many as 140 accused have een names

Bommai revealed the police are having monthly peace meetings particularly amid festivals and religious fairs and that preventive measures have been induced with respect to CrPC sections 107-110 for maintaining law and order.

Considering the crime records from 2015, most have come down apart from sedition, like unlawful assembly cases, were zero in 2019, compared to 112, five years ago. The cases have also declined for communal/religious riots, politicial rioting, caste issues and agrarian rioting.

Retired DG & IGP S T Ramesh revealed to DH, “This doesn’t necessarily mean better policing.. If preventable crime such as property offences show a decline, then it would indicate better policing. It’s easier not to bring cases of unlawful assembly on record. Police can effect compromise or dilute them by showing less than five people since rioting happens only if there are five or more people. Or, police just register less number of cases by clubbing incidents together.”

He also indicated the states in South India have always been a support for each other considering professionalism. Ramesh added, “The term ‘anti-national’ is very generic and doesn’t have a legal definition. In any case, I think sedition law is colonial, an anachronism in this day and age.”

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