Bengaluru: The state government has withdrawn about 175 cases involving about 1,600 accused, which had been filed against various persons in connection with communal disturbances which occurred in Mysuru and other places in the years 2009 and 2010. The accused named in these cases included activists of Popular Front of India (PFI) and Forum for Dignity (FFD).
During April and July 2009, communal clashes had erupted within the limits of Udayagiri and Narasimharaja polie stations in Mysuru. One of these disturbances had taken place in retaliation for tossing of pork inside a mosque, whereas the other one was concerning the activists of PFI and FFD ganging up illegally, engineering communal clashes, attacking policemen on duty and other members of general public besides pelting stones on them and causing loss of property.
In these two disturbances, 40 cases had been registered, and 214 persons had been named as accused.
In the other case pertaining to the year 2010, communal disturbances had occurred in Shivamogga and Hassan relating to the publication of Kannada translation of a work of controversial Muslim writer, Taslima Nasrin titled ‘Parda Ye Parda’. In this connection, 114 cases were registered in Shivamogga, and 21 in Hassan. 1,400 persons had been shown as accused in these cases.
With the state cabinet deciding to withdraw all these cases, the accused have heaved a sigh of relief.