Mangaluru, Apr 13, 2018: Kith and kin of Shivprasad alias Ayyappa, picked up by the Anti Rowdy Squad, are alleging that the Mangaluru North police have slapped a false case against him. Shivprasad’s mother Vijayalakshmi and brother Sushanth said on April 12, Thursday that Shivprasad was arrested at Tekkatte by the police of Mangaluru North Sub-division Anti Rowdy Squad without any reason.
They alleged that police succumbed to pressure from a political leader and slapped the false case against Shivprasad.
Shivprasad is from Kilenjuru works in a quarry at Tekkatte, Kundapur. A case was filed against him at Mulki police station earlier. He had attended Mangalore court on March 24 for the case and returned to Tekkatte. The same evening, police who were in mufti took Shivprasad from Tekkatte to Panambur police station without citing any proper reason. Shivprasad was picked up while coming out of an ATM in Tekkatte and illegally placed in police custody for four days. The family alleges that Shivprasad was also tortured.
Shivprasad was produced before the court on March 28 on charges of dacoity. He has been accused of drawing up a sketch for dacoity along with three others, namely Dinesh Belchada of Kanyana village in Bantwal, Naveen of Kateel and Ashok Ganiga of Udupi. The trio is accused of possessing sharp-edged weapons and chilly powder in a bid to carry out the dacoity. The court has awarded judicial custody to the accused. Two other accused, Navin and Ashok, have been absconding and a white Indica car has been confiscated from the accused, Vijayalakshmi said. She said it was wrongly mentioned in the police records that the accused were arrested near the entrance of Sri Kodamanittaya Daivasthana in Kemral. Panambur police station Inspector Navinchandra Jogi is the complainant in the case, she said.
Sushanth said that in a press statement issued by the Police Commissioner, the accused were conspiring to execute a dacoity but later on, the case got a political twist saying that the accused were conspiring to murder Zilla Panchayat member Ishwar Kateel. This is an example of fostering a false case by the police after buckling under political pressure, he alleged.
Sushanth pointed out that as recorded in the CCTV footage in Tekkatte, it is clearly evident that the accused was taken by the police on March 24. He also produced the same before the media.
He was illegally confined in police custody and was produced before the court four days later i.e., on March 28. This is a clear violation of human rights, he said. A complaint will be submitted to the Human Rights Commission and senior officials, he added.
Fisherman killed due to fall near Byndoor.
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