Mangaluru, Dec 26, 2015 : Ashraf, President of United Muslim Organisation of DK and former mayor has accused the police of arresting several innocents in the Prashanth Poojary murder case of Moodbidri. Ashraf also demanded their release failing which a massive protest would be staged. It may be recalled here that Prashanth, a flower vendor who was also a Hindu activist was hacked to death on October 9.
Speaking to reporters here on December 26, Saturday, Ashraf alleged that the innocents who have been arrested were being tortured and meted out third degree treatment. They were also fixed in other cases which the police have been unable to solve, he further complained.
Continuing, he said "police have arrested ten out of the total 17 persons who have been booked on charges of murder, while the murder was committed by only six people."
While making it clear that the guilty in such crimes should be punished, Ashraf said at the same time fixing innocents was not acceptable and described this as a case of violation of human rights.
"Action need to be taken against police officials for torturing the arrested and steps should be taken for the immediate release of the innocents who have been arrested," he demanded.
Tahul, the brother of one of the accused Mustafa Kavoor who was present at the press meet also accused the cops of trying to fix Mustafa in false cases. "The police had asked the family to get Mustafa’s shirt, jacket and shoes just to fix him," he alleged.
Nawaz Ullal, Haneef and others were present at the press meet.