Mangaluru, Sep 10, 2016 : Reports say that Bajpe police have filed an FIR against six persons for allegedly assaulting and manhandling four journalists, who had been to Sooralpady mosque to get a reaction of the mosque authorities on an issue related to boycott of a family of Bava Padarangi.
The family faces a threat of boycott from his community for reportedly questioning the teacher of a Madrasa for making children to stand in rain during prayer. Bava Padarangi said his two children were attending classes at the Madrasa in Suralpady. When he saw children being made to stand in the open for assembly even when it rains, he had raised objection to it before the management committee of the Madrasa. In spite of it, the children were continued to made to stand in the open.
Padarangi raised the issue with two Madrasa teachers --- Usman and Mohammed Shafi. However, the Jamaat Committee convened a meeting on September 4 and then ordered to keep him and his family members out of the community for not behaving properly with Madrasa teachers.
In the complaint, the journalist of a news channel said he along with other journalists representing different Kannada news channels went to the mosque to get reaction of the Jamaat Committee members to the incident. The police have booked cases against Mukthiyar, Mustaq, Ashraf, Bijili Khader, Usman and Salam.
Though the head of Noorul Oolum Madrasa was polite and was answering to the queries posed by the journalists, the mosque secretary and 10 others gained entry inside the mosque and abused the journalists and also threatened to delete the footages in the camera.
In the meantime, the mosque mukri, made an announcement in the mike that some persons had intruded into the mosque. Around 200 persons gathered and surrounded the journalists. A journalist managed to escape and sought the help of the police. Three other journalists were abused and assaulted by the gang. By the time, the police reached, the gang had already damaged the camera, logos and memory card of the journalists.
The police have filed cases under IPC Section 143 (Unlawful assembly), 147 (Punishment for rioting), 448 (Punishment for house-trespass), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object). Further investigation is on.