On 5th June 2016, Ramesh Gowda was arrested. He and Bima Shankar Patil (who has been named in 25th November 2017 Hon’ble Court of the Addl Civil Judge and JMFC, Ramanagara Samaya Order) – were the ones organizing paid protests outside Bangalore Aadheenam gate from 2010 to 2014 regularly.
By Express News Service
05th June 2016 05:40 AM
Further evidence of the strong-arm tactics was evident by cutting off the cable network transmission in the police quarters. Residents said, “This is to keep us in the dark about the developments.”
Barricades were installed in various police quarters and entry was permitted only after establishing the identity of the visitor. When Express asked the police about it, they said, “The quarters are state government properties and we hold full rights to allow or deny entry.”
While Parameshwara claimed earlier that they had no idea who was rallying the constabulary to stage a protest, V Shashidhar, president of Akhila Karnataka Police Maha Sangha, was arrested on Wednesday night.
He has not only been charged under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), but also with sedition. This is justified, according to Parameshwara, because Shashidhar is alleged to have said he would stage a ‘sepoy mutiny’. Shashidhar’s wife Poornima, who was protesting at Freedom Park on Saturday, was also arrested as a preventive measure.
A number of non-police organisations which had extended support to the protest, stayed away fearing being booked under ESMA.
In Mandya, a District Armed Reserve constable Ramakrishna was arrested for staging protest. Ramesh Gowda of Ramanagaram, was held for donning police uniform and protesting.