Mangaluru, Sept 13, 2018: Seeking justice, Ashraf, a youth from Salethooru who was arrested for questioning superstitious belief, met District-in-charge Minister U T Khader, on Wednesday.
Minister U T Khader directed the city police commissioner T R Suresh to conduct an enquiry of the alleged atrocity on the youth. He also directed the commissioner to initiate action against the police if found to have committed mistake.
Later speaking to media he said:” Police commissioner has collected information from Ashraf in my presence. I have asked the commissioner to conduct an enquiry. The commissioner has promised justice to the victim.”
Khader said that he has sought information on cases registered on the basis of facebook posts, WhatsApp posts and complaints based on other social media platforms and also the process of enquiry. The police should be impartial
There was a post on the facebook that read: “Allowing women to enter Shabarimala temple by the court led to floods in Kerala.”
For the post, Ashraf commented on August 19: “In that case what was the reason for floods in Parashurama’s creation of Tulu Nadu.”
The Mangaluru North Police filed an FIR on August 21 on the charges of disrupting peace and communal rift through a post and also criminal intimidation.
Ashraf met the Minister along with Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) district unit President B K Imthitaz and Secretary Santhosh Bajal. After serving judicial custody, he was released on bail.
Ashraf said:”I have not written anything against the aspiration of the Constitution. Unfortunately, the police filed a Suo motu case and arrested me. The police did not even allow me to observe Bakrid festival. All my rights have been curtailed.”
“I have faced injustice from the police. My future is at stake due to police action,” he said.
In a separate memorandum, DYFI demanded justice to Ashraf and action against police who had committed a mistake.