Mangaluru, Jan 04 2017: City Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh imposed prohibitory orders in the jurisdiction of Mangaluru Police Commissionerate till 10 p.m. on Thursday after Deepak Rao, a right-wing activist was murdered at Katipalla, on the outskirts of the city near Surathkal on Jan 3, Wednesday.
It is a precautionary measure to prevent any further untoward incident. Accordingly, taking out processions, carrying weapons and explosives have been banned.
The police have tightened security in Krishnapura, Katipalla, Surathkal, Soorinje and nearby areas following the murder. Additional police forces have been deployed in those areas.
Police sources said that acting on the information given by a local resident at Katipalla after Deepak Rao was attacked at 1.30 p.m., the police were able to stop the car near Mijar (close to Moodbidri) reportedly used by the assailants, with the help of local people. The police are now questioning four persons who were in the car.
Permission denied : As the news of the activist’s death spread, right-wing activists trooped to the mortuary of the private hospital in the city where Deepak Rao’s body was kept.
Though Sangh Parivar had planned to take the body in a procession to his house at Ganeshapura, near Katipalla, the police denied permission.
Sources said that Deepak Rao worked for a firm owned by a Muslim and he spoke fluent Beary language. The activist had lost his father when young. He was the breadwinner of the family, which includes his mother, and a younger brother with speech disability.
Addressing presspersons here, C.T. Ravi, general secretary of the State unit of the BJP, demanded an investigation of the murder by the National Investigation Agency.
The government should immediately provide compensation of Rs. 25 lakh to the family, he said.
Muneer Katipalla, president of the State unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), who lives in Katipalla, said that the murder was shocking. The police should arrest all persons involved in the murder and people should maintain peace without heeding to any rumours, he said.