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The practice of celebrating the erstwhile Mysore King's birth anniversary, began two years ago.
The Congress government views Tipu Sultan as a patriot, who fought against the British. However, the BJP's and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh's (RSS) views are completely different from those of the state government and regard Tipu Sultan as a tyrant monarch for being biased against Hindus. Police said no procession will be allowed in the city that is related to Tipu Jayanti, except for the one organized by the state government. Past year celebrations were rather peaceful, although protests continued with a lot of security in place.
Heavy security arrangements are in place in Karnataka today on the occasion of Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler of the kingdom of Mysore. "Tipu Jayanti is being celebrated", added Sukumar.
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Hussain said: "Karnataka government is not paying attention to the problem of the public, the poor, and the farmers, but they are really anxious about Tipu Sultan".
Bengaluru police commissioner T.Suneel Kumar on Thursday said that around 11,000 police personnel which includes 30 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 25 City Armed Reserve (CAR) platoons were deployed across Bengaluru to maintain law and order across the city. In Kodagu, the district which was historically at odds with Tipu Sultan, prohibitory orders are in place after the district saw the worst of protests in 2015. If required, we will impose Section 144 and a strict action will be taken against anyone who breaks the rules", Kumar said.The police official further said, "A circular has been issued restricting all kinds of public processions , As Reported By Siyasat.
Section 144, which prohibits assembly of five or more people, has been imposed in Kodagu, which witnessed violence previous year.