Mangaluru, Dec 29, 2019: Cops Mangaluru are now tracking Keralites for taking part in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, claims a report from Malayalam daily Manorama. The report said, students from Kerala could be under scrutiny of the law enforcers of Mangaluru in the wake of the recent violence in the city.
A circular of the Karnataka government asking to keep a tab on Malayali students has emerged. It was issued hours before the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent in Mangaluru recently.
However, Mangaluru Collector Sindhu B Rupesh claimed that the circular was issued with the aim of ensuring the security of students from Kerala. An error while preparing the circular led to the misunderstanding, she added.
CAA protests had rocked Mangaluru on December 19 and two people were killed in police firing. On that morning, the joint director of the Department of Collegiate Education, Dakshina Kannada, issued the circular on behalf of the collector.
The new circular gains prominence in the wake of the recent statements by Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai that people from neighbouring Kerala indulged in violence in Mangaluru during protests against the amended citizenship law. He also warned that strict action will be taken against those involved in violence and spreading rumours.
Naxal alert by Karnataka Police
The Intelligence Bureau has warned of Naxals attempting to increase their activity along the Kerala-Karnataka border areas which witnessed protests.The CID wing of the Karnataka Police is checking whether the Naxals had any role in the Mangaluru violence. Former Naxals are also under the scanner.
A five-member team led by SP Rahul Kumar is probing into the Mangaluru violence and the subsequent police firing. A parallel magisterial probe led by Udupi Collector G Jagadeesh has also begun.
Inputs from Manorama Online