S.O. News service, Mangalore, 6 Oct.2006
Bababudangiri and cow slaughter-Sanghparivar's two favourite subjects in Karnataka have been used again to create the atmosphere of fear and hatred in the coastal Karnataka in general and South Canara district in particular. People of South Canara district and its district headquarters Mangalore are suffering the heat of continuous bandh and violence for the mistakes they did not commit. While the ministers of the state coalition government are openly supporting the hooligans of Sangh parivar, the district administration is inactive to the extent of showing that they have joined hands with the criminal elements.
Bajarangadal and Hindu Yuva Sena jointly called for Mangalore Bandh in a hurry on October 4th, 2006 night. The reason they gave for the bandh – a qualis vehicle illegally carrying cows near Kudroli area in Mangalore didn't stop when Bajrangdal activists signaled it to stop. Then the Qualis hit innocent people including women leaving them seriously injured. All the major Kannada daily newspapers and eveningers except Vaarthabharathi Kannada daily carried this news prominently. This added fuel to the fire and gave rise to series of incidents of stonepelting, attacking houses of the Muslims, Mosques and innocent people. But today afternoon (oct.5, 2006) The Superintendent of Police of Dakshina Kannada categorically denied the report of any women being injured by a Qualis.
He clarified that no such incident has been reported from Kudroli or any other area. Not satisfied with this Karavali Ale, a prominent eveninger published completely fabricated news that Mr.Shrishar Bhat who was injured in a attack three days back in Jokatte died in Hospital. Infact Mr.Shridhar Bhat was fully recovered from the injury and was alright. But Karavali ale's false report caused anger and provoked violence in an already volatile atmosphere.
The sudden call for Bandh was a big surprise and also created lot of problems for the Mangaloreans. But the Bajrangadal activists forced the people to stop their activities and return home on October 5th morning.
Thokkottu, Suratkal, Nanthur, Farangipet, Adyar, Kannur, Naguri Chokkabettu, Krishnapura witnessed stone pelting by mob. In Valachil a group of people pelted stones on a bus coming from Bangalore and four passengers of the bus were injured. A scooter has been set fire near Kalikamba temple in Mangalore.
A group of miscreants with their faces covered attacked Darussalam Mosque and Madrasa in Bajpe and ransacked the mosque and threatened the people praying there. Many places in National highway 17, around Mangalore witnessed mobs pelting stones on vehicles, burning tires in the road.
In Bantwal taluk, of South Canara district Sornadu, Siddakatte, Rayi, Koila, Panemangalore, Melkar, Kalladka and Mani observed full bandh due to fear of violence. In B.C.Road Police personnel silently witnessed mobs looting many shops belonging to Muslims.
In Karkala, Sangh parivar was successful in forcing the people to observe bandh by spreading the rumor that Hindus were attacked in Mangalore.
In Udupi District the Bus service was affected. Buses were not allowed to move towards Udupi. A mob blocked the road in Padubidri today morning. Statement of Inspector General of Police Dr.Satyanarayana Rao is that Section 144 has been imposed in Mangalore.
So far 70persons have been taken to custody, a total of 18 vehicles damaged. 35civilians and 7 police personnel injured .24cases have been registered. 26 police forces are operating. If necessary additional police forces will be called from Chikmagalur, Haveri, Kodagu and Shiggav. Police used tear gas shells in 30 places to control the mob.
In Farangipet police used two rounds of firing in open air. District administration has declared 3days leave to Educational institutions.
OCTOBER6, 2006 REPORT
Mr.Pramod Mutalik, State Secretary of National Hindu Sena and former South India Chief of Bajarang Dal was arrested on October5, 2006 at Bababudangiri, in Chikmagalur district. He was facing arrest warrant in many cases. He had visited Bababudangiri to participate in the Parallel Datta Peeta campaign against the one sponsored by the
Sangh parivar, his former mother organization. After Bajrang Dal's Mangalore Bandh call on 5th October 2006 today National Hindu Sena called for South Canara District Bandh to protest its leader Mr.Pramod Mutalik's arrest. Incidents of stone pelting, attacking Mosques, bottle pelting; assaulting and stabbing have been reported from various parts of the district today.
State Komu Souharda Vedike(Communal harmony forum)and Karnataka Forum for Dignity's delegations have met the state home minister Mr.M.P.Prakash on October 5th night and October 6th Morning respectively. They explained him the full details and urged him to take immediate action against the criminal elements of Sangh parivar.