Karnatak CM Bommai has also appealed for peace. “I appeal to all the students, teachers and management of schools and colleges as well as people of Karnataka to maintain peace and harmony.
I have ordered closure of all high schools and colleges for next three days. All concerned are requested to cooperate,” Bommai said in a tweet.
Tension had prevailed at some educational institutions in Udupi, Shivamogga, Bagalkote and other parts of the state, during protests for and against hijab today, forcing the police and authorities to intervene.
The police fired teargas shells and carried out a baton charge to quell the violent mob in the Harihar First Grade College campus in Davanagere district.
Following the violence, the district administration has clamped prohibitory orders in Davanagere and Harihar twin cities.
According to eyewitnesses, several policemen and students were injured in the violent incident.
Many two-wheelers have been damaged and a tense situation prevails in the Davanagere town.
Police have been deployed at all sensitive places. Local Congress MLA Ramappa has rushed to the spot to pacify the students. However, outraged students had a heated debate with the MLA.
As many as 2,500 students study in Harihar College. The trouble started when a group of people came to the college against wearing of the hijab.
The group got into an argument with the students wearing saffron shawls and soon the situation turned violent.
Sensing the danger, the police rushed to the spot and asked the mob standing outside to move out of the college area.
The portion of group of outsiders did not budge and refused to move. They claimed that they have to protect the right of saffron shawl wearing students.
This was objected by the other group of students and then outsiders intiated stone pelting . To quell the mob, police fired teargas and carried out baton charge.
Meanwhile the Karnataka High Court yesterday heard the petitions filed by five girls studying in a Government Pre-university College in Udupi, questioning hijab restriction in college. The hearing will resume today .