In yet another incident of right-wing fanaticism and utter disregard for the rule of law, dozens of youths belonging to right-wing Hindu outfit Bajrang Dal attacked a Muslim youth in Mangalore because he was travelling with a Hindu girl.
The incident happened on Monday evening when the 28 year old Shakir was driving in a car with allegedly a Hindu girl in Attavar in Mangalore.
Speaking to www.jantakareporter.com, the police inspector of Pandeshwar police station, Dinakara Shetty said that the police had launched an investigation and will release a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
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He said, “There were members of many hindu sanghatana (outfits). We are investigating the matter and will soon arrest the culprits. It’s a clear case of immoral policing. ”
The armed goons stripped Shakir, tied him with an electric pole and thrashed him mercilessly.
“Shakir was going by car along with a girl of another faith. Hindu activists waylaid the car at Babbugudde, pulled him out and stripped off his clothes. Later, they tied him to the electric pole and thrashed him,” local police was quoted by several Mangalore-based newswebsites.
Later, the police arrived at the spot later and a complaint was filed in the Pandeshwar police station.
Shakir said that the girl in question worked with him in a supermarket. He’s now been admitted in a hospital and currently undergoing treatment. Police has registered a case against the members of this right-wing Hindu groups arresting one person.
The search for others is currently underway.
Mangalore has been in news for the periodic violence committed by members of various right-wing Hindu outfits in the past. In 2009, Sriram Sene supporters had thrashed girls and boys outside a pub here. The group even demanded banning of Valentine’s Day as it found the celebration of love against the values of Indian culture. This had prompted the girls to start ‘Pink Chaddi’ campaign the Hindu outfit.