Mangaluru is tense after the recent death of an RSS Karyakarta. Sharath, who ran a laundry shop on BC Road, was brutally hacked by a group of men on the night of July 4 as he left his shop. The victim suffered serious injuries on his head and neck and he died on July 7 as per hospital sources said. The attack occurred despite prohibitory orders under Section 144 already being in place.
Despite heavy police deployment, the funeral procession of Sarath Madivala was interrupted by miscreants who started throwing soda bottles on people and vehicles passing the procession route. Tensions ran high in Dakshina Kannada’s Bantwal after several people were injured and a few vehicles were damaged in stone throwing during the funeral procession of slain RSS worker Sharath Madivala.
Not Kashmir, Mangalore ,Karnataka
This is how Jihadis pelted stones on Antim Yatra of Sharath , RSS Karyakartha who was killed by Jihadis. pic.twitter.com/Wljz9c85F3
— Girish Bharadwaj | ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ (@Girishvhp) July 9, 2017
“The miscreants were hiding behind Sultan Complex and the building next to it. As soon as the funeral procession passed by the complex, they began pelting stones. They began pelting stones at people in the funeral procession. One man was hit by a large stone on his head and sustained minor injuries,” said Dakshina Kannada SP, Sudheer Kumar Reddy to The News Minute.
“Some people started breaking bottles and throwing them as well. A shard of glass broke and hit one man named Riyaz in the crowd. He began telling people that he was stabbed. But there was no stabbing incident. Former Mayor of Mangaluru K Ashraf, Suhail Khadak, Ashraf Kinaar Kudroli, CM Muttappa, Mohammad Hanif, H Meed Kudroli and Naushad Bandaru were arrested,” the SP added.
Once the procession went out of Bantwal, it was able to be carried out without any disruptions. A massive deployment of over 2,000 police personnel had to carried out to ensure there is no further disturbance to law and order occurred, also section 144 continued to be in effect.
BJP leaders MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Udupi MP Shobha Karandlaje were among those who took part in the protest on called by the Bharatiya Janata Party and other allied organisations against the assault on RSS activist Sharath.
A Facebook group called ‘Mangalore Muslims’ has recently posted a threatening message on Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, RSS strongman in Dakshina Kannada district, on its page. This was the same page which had celebrated the death of RSS Activist Sharath’s death “One wicket down at A J Hospital, When is Kalladka (Sic)”
The threatening post said “Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat is a terrorist. If he dies, will you honor him with Tri-colour flag or Saffron flag? Today is his last day… decide, (Sic)”
Several Hindu leader have gone ahead to register a complaint against the activities of this page for inciting violence in Karnataka. In fact, a FIR has been registered by BJP leaders with the Karnataka Police for the contents that is being spread by this page. Sources allege that this page might be controlled by Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan, aiming to disturb peace in India.
FIR registered against Jihadi FB page Mangalore Muslims by @brijeshchowta. I am told page is finally blocked. It spewed venom against Hindus pic.twitter.com/DPMkM1CNol
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) July 10, 2017
— Rohith Chakrathirtha (@RohitMath) July 10, 2017
The only question which remains to be answered now is this. Will Chief Minister Siddramaiah take action against the culprits who have taken it upon themselves to disturb the law and order situation of the state?