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Tipu Jayanti 2018 protests LIVE UPDATES: Protests in Madikeri against Tipu Jayanti celebrations, several detained

Security has been tightened in Madikeri town ahead of the celebations on Saturday. (ANI)

Tipu Jayanti 2018 protests: Security has been tightened in Madikeri town ahead of the celebrations on Saturday. (ANI)

Demonstrations and protests broke out in Madikeri in Karnataka early on Saturday even before the government-sponsored celebrations for the birth anniversary of the controversial 18th-century ruler of erstwhile Mysore kingdom Tipu Sultan began. Security has been tightened in the area in the wake of a shutdown called by various groups, including the BJP and Codava National Council. Several people have also been detained, news agency ANI reported.

The BJP had appealed to the government to drop the celebrations after the JDS-Congress coalition government announced that Tipu Jayanti would be observed on November 10 in continuation of the previous Congress government’s policy.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, however, is not scheduled to attend the function on “doctors’ advice”.

While Tipu Sultan is considered a freedom fighter by the state government, he is considered a “religious bigot” by the BJP and its affiliates. The Tipu Jayanti celebrations, which began in 2014 under the Congress government, have been marked by protests and court cases every year.

Alleging that the JD(S)-Congress coalition government is wasting public money in the name of Tipu Jayanti celebrations, BJP District Secretary Sajjal Krishnan told ANI, “Tipu is not a warrior, he had killed so many Hindus and also attacked temples. Why are they glorifying a man like him? This is only voted bank politics. Everyone in Kodagu is opposing the celebrations.”

Demonstrations and protests broke out in Madikeri in Karnataka this morning even before the government-sponsored celebrations for the birth anniversary of the controversial 18th-century ruler of erstwhile Mysore kingdom Tipu Sultan began. Security has been tightened in the area in the wake of a shutdown called by various groups, including the BJP and Codava National Council. Follow our live blog for all latest updates.

The celebration of Tipu Jayanti is particularly opposed by people from the Kodagu region of Karnataka. The celebration of Tipu Jayanti is particularly opposed by people from the Kodagu region of Karnataka.

In 2015, Hindu outfits opposed to the celebrations clashed with Muslim groups who took out a rally to Madikeri town in Kodagu district. The clashes resulted in two deaths. The celebration of Tipu Jayanti is particularly opposed by people from the Kodagu region of Karnataka citing incidents of violence that occurred in Kodagu in 2015 during celebrations and the historical animosity among the people of the region towards the 18th-century ruler.