Bengaluru: After being denied permission by the police for All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party (AIMIM) meet in Shivajinagar’s Chhota Maidan, the High Court of Karnataka has granted permission to the party to hold a meeting in the city.
Speaking to Nasheman, a party official said that the HC has granted the party the permission to hold the meeting on either 16th, 17th or 18th of the month. He said, the party will announce the date, once they consult the party president and member of parliament Asaduddin Owaisi.
Owaisi was supposed to visit the city and address a public meeting in Shivajinagar on February 8, the same day the Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP) is planning to organise the ‘Hindu Viraat Samavesha’.
Anticipating communal tension, as a result of both events being held on the same day, the Bengaluru police are in no mood to give MIM permission for the meeting.
“A low-level police officer, of the rank of assistant sub-inspector at the Commercial Street Police Station, without applying his mind and anticipating consequences, issued an endorsement for the MIM local unit’s application seeking permission to hold the public meet in Shivajinagar on February 8. On discovering this, high-ranking officers stepped in and cancelled the permission, asking MIM to select another date for the event,” a senior police officer said. By doing so, we have averted a big showdown and communal flare-up, he added.