Complete breakdown of law and order in Karnataka: Renuka Chowdhury

February 7th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) A day after a Kerala legislator’s daughter and her friend were harassed in Karnataka’s Mangalore town, allegedly by members of the Sri Rama Sene, Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury said here Saturday that there was complete breakdown of law and order in that state.”We are taking a serious note of repeated attacks against women in Karnataka. The fascist elements are trying to create a communal divide in the society and we cannot let it go on,” Chowdhury told reporters here.

“There is a complete breakdown of law and order in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled state and the state government has lost control over the situation. The Central government will intervene if state government fail to take any action,” said Chowdhury.

C.H. Kunhambu, a legislator of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), had Friday said that Sene activists held his daughter hostage near Mangalore.

“She was going from our home in Manjeswaram (in northern Kerala) to her college hostel in Mangalore when some people verbally abused her and a boy accompanying her,” Kunhambu had said.

The incident comes days after Sri Rama Sene activists attacked women in a pub in Mangalore.

“We have been respecting the centre-state relations but the situation in Karnataka is getting worse everyday. I am planning to talk to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and, if required, will take up the matter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” said Chowdhury.

“I have no confidence in the state government and we are carefully monitoring the situation. I am asking who is Sri Rama Sene and who has empowered them to take law into their hands. We should look it as a national security problem, ” she added.

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