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Prohibitory orders were today imposed in the city commissionerate limits till July 30 in the wake of recent incidents of communal unrest in parts of Dakshina Kannada district. The orders under section 35 of the Karnataka Police Act 1963 will be in force from 6 am today till the midnight of July 30, an official release quoting Mangaluru Police Commissioner T R Suresh said. All acts of public utterance of cries, singing of songs, playing of music, use of gestures, and the preparation, exhibition or dissemination of pictures, symbols, placards or any other object, which may affect public order or undermine the security of, or tend to overthrow, the state or incite to the commission of an offence would stand prohibited for the period, it said. The measure has been undertaken to avoid recurrence of unwarranted incidents having potential of disturbing peace in the society, it said. During this period, collecting of stones, equipment used for throwing things, exhibition of corpses or effigies of people in the public, and any other activity which violates decency and state policy, and which could pose problems for public law and order situation would stand prohibited, the release said. The prohibitory order was initially enforced in Bantwal from May 27 following skirmishes between two groups.
Later, it was extended to four taluks as the violence spread. The murder of a Social Democratic Party of India worker at Benjanapadavu in Bantwal on June 21 escalated the tension, forcing authorities to extend the prohibitory orders. In another incident, Sarath Madivala, an RSS worker, was attacked by unidentified assailants on July 4 at Bantwal. He succumbed to injurieson July 7.
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