Karnataka’s Keragodu village faced a tense atmosphere on Sunday when officials removed the saffron flag ‘Hanuma Dhwaj’ bearing the photo of Lord Hanuman from the 108-feet high flag pole. After this incident, political conflict arose between the government and the opposition in the state. A large contingent of police personnel was deployed as a precautionary measure when members of the BJP, JD(S) and Bajrang Dal as well as people in and around the village gathered to protest against the removal of the flag.
‘Police did mild lathicharge to calm down’
The police resorted to mild lathicharge to quell the unrest. After this, the police and administration replaced the Hanuma flag with the national tricolor on the flagpole. Official and police sources indicated that residents of Keragodu and 12 neighboring villages, along with some organisations, had funded the installation of the flag pole near the Rangamandir. Reportedly, BJP and JD(S) workers were actively involved in this initiative.