Udupi, May 27, 2016: A meeting of the Expert Committee on Prevention of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children held at the Zilla Panchayat Hall on May 25, Thursday witnessed a heated exchange of words between MLC and Committee Chairman VS Ugrappa and Udupi SP Annamalai.
During the meeting when Ugrappa asked the SP as to why there were no committees at each police station level, Annamalai said the need for such committees did not arise as the district level committee was functioning effectively and also that there was no rule as such to form committees at the police station level to tackle crime against women.
Matters turned grave when two youth who were present in the meeting clapped much to the fury of Ugrappa who questioned the reason for their clapping. It is learnt the youth told the police that they were pleased with the SP’s reply.
Realising the gravity of the situation, Deputy Commissioner Vishal asked the police to take the two youth into custody. SP Annamalai later tendered an apology to Ugrappa.