Mangaluru, Jan 21, 2015 : A press communiqué from Dakshina Kannada District Superintendent of Police Dr Sharanappa has informed that as many as 35 cases have been registered by the police in connection with the recent communal clashes at Karaya and also with regard to the incidents of setting ablaze some shops in Uppinangady. The total number of arrests so far is 26, the SP informed.
The communiqué also stated that the police had formed three separate teams to track down the culprits. He also said the police have identified many of the accused who are still at large and expressed confidence of arresting them very soon.
Meanwhile, the SP said the reports of the attempts to set ablaze a religious shrine was baseless and added the Uppinangady police had in fact received a call in this regard but on investigation it came to light that three youth hailing from Alankar Nekre who were spotted at Ilanthila were not planning to torch any place of worship but were only searching for petrol with cans in hand as the petrol tank of their two-wheeler was exhausted.
The SP has also requested the public not to believe rumours which are even spread through social sites.
Bandh call withdrawn : On the other hand an Uppinangady bundh call given by some organisations on January 21 has been cancelled after a peace meet was held in the presence of religious leaders of both communities and police officials.