Art Institute declares 2-day shutdown after graffiti controversy

05:11 PM Jan 15, 2020 | Team Udayavani |
Bengaluru: Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology here has decided to remain shut for two days after a group of BJP workers wiped out graffiti on its outer walls claiming it as anti-Modi and allegedly warned them against any anti CAA agitation there. According to sources, the group led by Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath allegedly even towed away some vehicles of students and faculty parked in front of the institute alleging that they were blocking the road and causing inconvenience to the local people. Some students have alleged that they were threatened by BJP workers and also the institute's authorities regarding the graffiti and the blocking of road using traffic police. They even claimed that BJP workers warned them against organising any anti NRC or CAA protests. A few local residents are also said to have joined the BJP workers and raised complaints about the conduct of the institute's students. According to local BJP workers, the MLA and a few party men had gone near the institute on receiving complaints from locals about vehicles parked there blocking the road, and when they came across the graffiti they painted it with saffron paint to avoid any controversy, and there was no altercation as being alleged. However, there is no clarity on who drew the graffiti regarding Modi, which according to BJP workers allegedly depicted the PM in poor light. The institute has declared holiday on Thursday and Friday to avoid any further escalation, keep the interest and safety of students in mind, sources said. Interestingly, on Tuesday graffiti had appeared overnight on the shutters of some shops and walls on the Church Street here against Modi, CAA and NRC, following which city police have launched an investigation.

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