Udupi, May 18 2019: An agitated mob manhandled a head constable and threw stones at the Kundapur Rural police station after the police seized a vehicle allegedly involved in illegal sand transportation on Thursday night. The police have arrested four persons involved in the incident.
According to a press note, based on a tip-off, a police team led by sub-inspector Sridhar were looking for vehicles involved in illegal transportation of sand from Varahi river.
On J.M. Road in Kandluru village, they found a vehicle transporting sand. As they approached the vehicle, the driver and another person abandoned it and escaped. The police seized the vehicle and brought it to the police station.
Just as head constable Madhusudhan was parking the vehicle around 10.30 p.m., some 20 persons came on two-wheelers and allegedly surrounded him and began questioning him about seizing the vehicle. They then pushed him aside and started throwing stones at the police station. When the sub-inspector and other personnel came out, the group ran away but the police caught four of them — Shaheed Bette, Zakir Hussain, Karni Shakeer, and Tabrez.
Superintendent of Police Nisha James has formed three teams to trace the other persons involved in the incident. A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 341 (wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or use of force to deter a public servant from discharging duty), 504 (insult intended to provoke breach of peace), and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 2 of The Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act.
The release said some of the accused were also involved in the attack on the then Deputy Commissioner of Udupi Priyanka Mary Francis in 2017.
Nine persons in the group are accused in several criminal cases. Security has been tightened at the police station. Ms. James and other officers visited the police station after the incident.