Consecutively for the third year, the Congress in Karnataka would be celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan under tight security after BJP-RSS revolted to the celebration stating that the freedom fighter was once a "brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist".
Though Tipu Sultan died in 1799 fighting the British, the govt only decided to commemorate his death in 2015. But the decision was wide revolt from right winged groups who called him a tyrant, mass rapist. The first year of the celebration was rather violent, in which two people were killed. But last year’s celebration was peaceful.
But lately, Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde has asked the Karnataka government to keep him out of the state's Tipu Jayanti celebrations, calling the erstwhile Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan a "brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist". Hegde had also written an official letter to the state asking not to include his name for the event.
Foreseeing wide spread protest, Congress has decided to go ahead with the celebrations, amidst tight security. The debate did not cool off, but took a different turn after President Kovind praised Tipu Sultan as man who died a historic death at the Karnataka Assembly.
In Kodagu, the district which was historically at odds with Tipu Sultan, prohibitory orders are in place after the district saw the worst of protests in 2015. Like last year, extra security has been brought in from other districts.
According to the Bengaluru police, about 11,000 policemen along with exclusive home guards have been deployed in the city. "We have identified places where Tipu Jayanthi will be celebrated, proper arrangements will be done there and we are keeping watch on anti-social elements who want to create trouble, we will be dealing with them firmly."