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|Report| Communal Riots in Chennapatna [1990]

09.11.1990 · Posted in Communal Violence, Human Rights, Minorities, Report

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There were communal riots in many towns of Karnataka during October 1990. They were preceded by riots in Ramanagaram, known as the Silk town of the state, 50 kms away from Bangalore on September 2, 1990. Tension has been stoked in this town by the Ganesh festivities followed by Ramjyothi processions. These riots had lead to the death of 7 persons, scores were injured and properties worth lakhs lost.  A team that consisted of Prof. Basheer Hussain and Prof. Hasan Mansur had visited this town on September 11, 1990. They listened to the accounts of riots given by members of Hindu and Muslim communities and the version of the police and went round the town to see places subject to vandalism. From there, they proceeded to Channapatna, thirteen kms away and talked to some people there who felt the tension of the riots in Ramanagaram but were assuring themselves there would be no fall-out in their own town.

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