Mangaluru, Jan 6, 2018 : Four persons have been arrested by the CCB cops in connection with the brutal assault on Basheer at Kottara Chowki hours after the murder of Deepak Rao at Katipalla on January 3, Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking to reporters here on January 6, Saturday, City Police Commissioner T R Suresh has said that all the four accused have admitted their guilt and also that they had attacked Basheer in retaliation to Deepak killing.
Those arrested are Shreejith P K alias Shreeju (25) of Uppala, Kishan Poojary (21) and Dhanush Poojary (22), both brothers and residents of Padil, and Sandesh Kotian (22) of Kunjathur, Manjeshwar.
The Commissioner said all the four accused had criminal cases against them. He said Shreejith had six cases in Kasargod and one in Ullal, while Kishan had three cases against him. Dhanush has an assault case against him in Kankanady police station. Sandesh has a case in Badiadka police station.
The Commissioner informed that all the four who had come to participate in the annual festival at the Brahma Baidarkala Garody at Kankanady on hearing about the Deepak murder case, rushed to Dhanush’s house to get weapons and then attacked Basheer with whom they had no previous enmity.
The Commissioner also stated that the accused are part of a right wing outfit but so far they have not revealed the name of the outfit.
Meanwhile, referring to the accused in the Deepak murder case, the Commissioner denied reports that they were funded from outside.
Media asked to show restraint: On this occasion, the Commissioner has requested the media to show restraint while publishing news relating to communal incidents. The Commissioner’s request came in the backdrop of some news channels showing disturbing video footage of the attack on Basheer.
An advisory issued by the Deputy Commissioner says so :
1. News, views and comments relating to communal issues may be telecast only after proper verification of facts and presented with due caution and restraint, in a manner which is not an impediment for maintenance of peace and harmony.
2. Exercise restraint while covering incidents of violence and rioting.
3. Not to carry news in a way that it incites violence.
4. Telecast of visuals of violence may be avoided.
5. While reporting the incidents, care may be exercised in the choice of words.