Expressing serious concern over the prevailing situation in Karnataka with several instances of mob violence targeting Tamil speaking persons and their property, chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday penned a letter to her counterpart Siddaramaiah
In the letter, she urged him to take immediate and effective action to provide all necessary protection and security to ensure that no harm is caused to the person and property of Tamil speaking people in Karnataka.
“I write to bring to your urgent attention the need to ensure the safety and security of many lakhs of Tamil speaking people residing in Karnataka and of their properties in the light of the escalating incidents of violence taking place in many parts of Karnataka”, she added.
She said she also received his letter on certain incidents in Tamil Nadu. “As soon as the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court were received on September six, and reports regarding violent protests in different parts of Karnataka were telecast by the media, directions were given to the Director
General of Police, Tamil Nadu, to instruct all field formations to ensure that law and order is maintained and adequate protection provided to all Kannada speaking people and their properties in Tamil Nadu”, she said
The protests by some sections in Tamil Nadu, including by farmers, have been peaceful and lawful, she added.
Meanwhile, in a similar letter to Jayalalithaa, Siddaramaiah asked her to ensure the safety and protection of Kannadigas in TN while assuring her that interests of Tamils in his state would be safeguarded.
“While we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure maintenance of law and order in our State, I would urge you to direct authorities in Tamil Nadu to ensure that perpetrators of violence are immediately brought to book,” Siddaramaiah said in his letter, released to the media.
“Further, you may also like to advice your authorities to ensure adequate safety and protection for Kannada speaking people in the State of Tamil Nadu,” he said.