Mangaluru, Dec 6, 2014 : Hindu organisations which staged a protest at Vamanjoor in the outskirts of the city on December 6, Saturday to condemn Friday night’s incident at Ulaibettu wherein pilgrims heading towards Datta Peetha were allegedly attacked. They have also set a deadline to the cops to arrest all the accused by December 7, Sunday evening failing which a bundh would be observed on December 8, Monday.
Meanwhile, sources said police have so far arrested 28 persons in connection with the incident. However, local residents, mostly Muslims have accused of police brutalities and alleged that the police have entered houses at midnight and have damaged their properties on the pretext of searching for those responsible for the attack. Another allegation was that even the Hindu activists were present when the police raided some houses.
In the meantime, addressing the protestors, Sri Rajashekharananda Swamiji of Gurupur Vajradehi Mutt, has said that the attack on pilgrims was unacceptable and described it as a shameless act. He also stated that it was a pre-planned attack.
Hindu Yuva Sena leader Jithendra Kottari who also spoke demanded that all those responsible for the attack be booked under IPC Section 107 and added nearly 500 people were involved in the attack.
A heated argument arose between the protestors and the police when ACP Pawan Nejjoor arrived at the spot. He assured action against the accused by December 7, evening.
Satyajit Suratkal of Hindu Jagarana Vedike demanded the resignation of MLA JR Lobo and Moideen Bava over the incident. Dr Bharat of State BJP Yuva Morcha and others were present.
Traffic was disrupted for over an hour following the protest.