Protest held in Udupi condemning Mangalore Assault Case2 min read
Udupi: After the cataclysmic Mangalore assault incident that took place in Mangalore, a protest was held against the organisation involved in the assault of the young students by Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike (Karnataka Forum for Communal Harmony) near Gandhi Tower in Udupi on July 31 at 4:30 pm.
On July 28, 13 boys and girls were assaulted by the Hindu Jagarana Vedike at a private party at Mist Homestay resort in Mangalore. Around 15 to 20 members of this organisation led by Subhash Padil barged into the resort and violently attacked the students, accusing them of organising a rave party.
This incident was covered by two journalists, who were later accused of not pre-informing the police about the incident. One of the reporters Naveen Soorinje of Kasturi News 24 has been charged under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. He said he was being fixed in this case purposefully by the city Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar. Speaking to TMJ Soorinje said, “The police have filled an FIR against me for not informing them about the incident. A source called me and told me that 30 men have gathered and are planning something, so it was not confirmed of what was going to happen and hence I did not inform the police.”
When contacted by TMJ to clarify Soorinje’s accusations, Ravish Nayak, Inspector, Mangalore (Rural) refused to comment.
The protest in Udupi was led by the G. Rajashekhar, President of the Karnataka Forum for Communal Harmony. The protest included young and the old, everyone protesting against the anti-social group. He said, “When I was watching the video, I thought the attack was aimed at me. It was very shameful. BJP is a major force in Karnataka and they have been attacking minorities for years in this area.”
The protest emphasised on the condition of Mangalore and the areas around and how this place has become unsafe for students, particularly girls. The protesters demanded for proper inquiry in this incident and that the guilty should be punished. The protestors have also written a letter to the Government of Karnataka to look deeply into this matter.
“This is very inhuman and not justified. These kinds of incidents are happening everyday and there is no protection for the citizens. If the police is present to check what is wrong, then these people have no right to go out and take powers in their hands,” said R.P. Monis, one of the protestors.
The protest witnessed renowned writer Vaidehi and poet Sharda Bhat. Among the speakers at the protest, Women’s Block Congress President Veronica Cornelio was the prime speaker. The women from Catholic Stree Sanghatam were also present at the protest.
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran