Mangaluru, Jul 14, 2017 : The Police will act with an iron hand against perpetrators of violence in the region. And going forward in this direction aimed at ridding criminal elements responsible communal flare up, the Mangaluru City and Dakshina Kannada Police will review five-year-old cases of communal violence.
Rupak Kumar Dutta, director general and inspector general of police (DG&IGP) said that normalcy has returned to the region. Dutta said that only a handful of persons were involved in this. He directed senior officials in Western Range to review all cases of communal incidents in the past five years. ``If anyone has not been not arrested it will be done. Some criminals, who are time and again responsible for communal violence, will be dealt with heavily. They will be deported, booked as rowdy sheeter or booked under K-COCA Act,’’ he asserted.
On RSS worker Sharath Madivala’s murder incident, Dutta said the police are interrogating several suspects and investigation is going on in the right direction. "We don’t want arrest innocent people. It took nearly five months to investigate Karthik murder occurred in Konaje last October and actual culprits were arrested. It was alleged that Karthik murder was by banned Islamic organization, but investigation showed it was committed by his own family member. Similarly, police are doing a thorough probe into Sharath’s murder. Give us some time," he said adding that people should have faith in police.
When asked was there intelligence failure during Sharath’s funeral procession that led to stone-pelting when it reached BC Road, Dutta answered that some vehicle which loaded with stone had sneaked in during procession between Kuntikana to Bantwal. Police were not aware about it. "However, we have gathered all video footages about the stone pelting and right persons will be booked."
He also pointed out that duty of police officer is to discharge his duty diligently. "Heads will roll if any officer is found not doing his/her duty," he warned.
"People in DK want peace"
Stressing that people in Dakshina Kannada are peace lovers, Dutta pointed out that it is only a handful that are fomenting communal violence in region. "During my visit to DK, I have met several religious and other organisations. They have expressed need for peace and said they want to live in brotherhood with all community people."