|Statement| Communal Mob Attack in Bangalore

People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Bangalore, strongly condemns the brutal and organised mob attack on Brother Phillip Noronha by members of Jaya Karnataka Vedike, in presence and with support of inspector BN Gopalakrishna, inspector of Whitefield Police Station. Brother Phillip was kidnapped in a van, beaten up and roughed up by these vigilante elements and finally taken to his school where media were present and recorded the lawless actions. The Inspector also assaulted the brother in the presence of TV and media people, without any apparent provocation. This grave assault on Br. Philip mirrors the worsening climate of intolerance within the state, in particular the undeclared police sanction and cooperation for such hooliganism. The grave, unjust and serious physical violence of this recent episode is a matter of utter shame and disgrace to the current State administration and our Police Force.

The modus operandi of the attack itself recalls the way communal forces have engaged in moral policing in Dakshina Kannada district often with the cooperation of the police. It is in this context that the attack on Brother Phillp assumes a serious dimension when the attackers seem to have the backing of the media as well as the police going by the fact that the attack was played out in front of the media and in the presence of the police.

The quality of individual rights available to all citizens of this country depend upon the integrity and impartiality of the police force, and severe acts of omission and commission of this kind in curtailing and controlling vigilante violence reflects very poorly on the role of the police in ensuring respect for the law of the land.

PUCL demands immediate investigation into the beating of Brother Phillip Noronha, particularly into the role of police, who participated in this heinous attack either overtly or covertly. We further demand that all perpetrators of this attack be arrested based upon the FIR which has been registered against them. We also demand most severe disciplinary action be meted out to concerned police officials, to discourage future police complicity in vigilante violence.

|Report| Violence in Dakshin Kannada

February 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Part 1

Fact finding report prepared by PUCL on the attack on Badruddin his children Sahil & Sahadiya near Hale Police Station, Kodi Temple, Mangalore

February 16, 2010 by PUCL Mangalore

  • Name of the victims: Badruddin his children Sahil & Sahadiya
  • Occupation of the Victim:  Coolie job at Dakke
  • Date of Incident: 12 February 2010
  • Time of Incident: 22.00hrs
  • Place of Incident: Near Hale Police station, Kodi Temple
  • Weapons used: Sword, Medium Sized Knife, Brick Stone, Wooden beams
  • Associated with organization:  None
  • Investigation official: Sub Inspector A. D Nagaraj
  • Investigating Station: Ullal Police Station
  • Examining Doctor: Dr.Vikram Shetty
  • Medico Legal Case: Dr. Suresh Mankar
  • PUCL Enquiry Team: Mr. P B Dsa, Kabir, Harsha Raj Gatty

Summary of the incident as per the victim Badruddin (and Seconded by his children Sahil & Sahadiya)

Badruddin was on his way from Halekala along with his children Sahil & Sahadiya to pick his Wife from Thota on his bicycle. Badruddin was wearing a taqiyat (cap worn by Muslims) as a cultural practice. A group of 10 plus members intercepted Badruddin near Hale police station after identifying him from his white taqiyat and started attacking him randomly with Sword, Medium Sized Knife, Brick Stone, Wooden beams. The attackers were speaking in Kannada and Tulu.

Badruddin tried to shield himself from the attackers using his left and right arms, the attackers pushed Badruddin away from his bicycle. Meanwhile his children started screaming and asking the attackers not to assault their father. Then one of the attackers lifted the bicycle and threw it aiming on Sahil, but then it missed Sahil and fell on Shadiya. Sahil was seriously hurt over head and knee cap.

When Shadiya pleaded the attackers not to attack their father they kicked Shadiya on her stomach.

Finally the residents from the nearby came to the spot after hearing cries for help from Sahil & Shadiya. The attackers quickly took to heels after seeing the residents rushing towards the area. This was a well planned attack.

The neighbors quickly took the victims to Councilor Ashraf at Kodi, where the police jeep was called in and the victims were escorted to Sahara hospital, Thokkotu.

Observations by the PUCL enquiry committee & Conclusion

PUCL enquiry committee visited Sahara hospital, Thokkotu around 20.30hrs on 13/02/2010.

  1. The victim Badruddin had a finger broken and is fixed with a rod.
  2. A right hand arm bone is supported by a rod.
  3. According to the victims one of the attackers repeatedly coaxed a person named “Vicky” to be more aggressive with his attack.
  4. The victims also claim that the attackers had consumed alcohol.
  5. The attacked identified Mr. Badruddin by the taqiyat he was wearing, hence a clear violation of Article 29 and 30 of the Fundamental right of an India citizen.
  6. The victims repeatedly recollect the one of the suspect by the name Vicky, However in spite 22 1/2 Hrs after the incident no arrests have been done so far.

The above report was prepared by:

Harsha Raj Gatty
General Secretary
PUCL, Mangalore
Date: 15 February 2010

Part 2

Fact finding report prepared by PUCL on the attack on Usman Faizi and Mohammed Ashraf at Jeppina Muger Mangalore

February 16, 2010 by PUCL Mangalore

Fact finding report prepared by PUCL on the attack on Usman Faizi and Mohammed Ashraf at Jeppina Muger Mangalore

  • Name of the victims: Usman Faizi & Mohammed Ashraf
  • Occupation of the Victims: Ustaad of Kudroli palli & worker at a Grocery shop respectively.
  • Date of Incident: 11/02/2010
  • Time of Incident: 21.00hrs
  • Place of Incident: Jeppina Muger
  • Weapons used: Soda bottle, Medium knife, sword
  • Associated with organization:  None
  • Investigation official: Sub Inspector Prakash
  • Investigating Station: Kankanady Police Station
  • PUCL Enquiry Team: Mr. P B Dsa, Kabir, Harsha Raj Gatty

Summary of the incident according to the victims Usman Faizi & Mohammed Ashraf:

About 8 to 10 people stopped the bus number 42 Raviraj by whistling and hooting near Jeppina Muger and boarded it. The bus had a few people in it; the attackers cornered the victims by looking for their taqiyat on their head.

The Victims Usman Faizi & Mohammed Ashraf were sitting adjacent on the same seat, therefore the attackers first tried to attack Usman Faizi with a weapon, Mohammed Ashraf tried to deflect the attack using left hand and was hurt in the process.

The brothers somehow managed to get down the bus and running towards Thokkotu direction. The attackers initially tried to chase them but later gave up the hunt meanwhile they threw soda bottles at the victims. The brothers after a certain distance were able to manage to get help from two bike riders; the bikers after a brief enquiry from the victims stopped a KSRTC bus and assisted them to board it.

The KSRTC bus meanwhile took the brothers towards pumpwell, the police and press the officials were already at Mahaveer Junction, pumpwell to enquire another accident in the area. Usman Faizi & Mohammed Ashraf got down from the bus at Omega hospital, pumpwell and informed the police about the incident; the press interviewed and photographed the victims.

The police directed a hired auto to take the victims and proceed to Highland hospital; the police assured the victims that they would follow up with their case in the hospital.

Observations by the PUCL enquiry committee & Conclusion:

1.      The Victims have been badly wounded by the assailants, the Victim Mohammed Ashraf has a left hand plastered and his brother Usman Faizi is also severely on Hands, Legs, Back and Shoulder.

2.      The intensity of the attack and the variety of weapons used point out to the fact that the attack was premeditated and hence we request the police department to press the police intelligence unit in sensitive areas to dismantle such organized attacks on the innocent residents of Mangalore.  The involvement of the Driver and conductor cannot be ruled out in this incident.

The above report was prepared by:

Harsha Raj Gatty

General Secretary,
PUCL, Mangalore
Date: 15 February 2010

Part 3

Fact finding report prepared by PUCL on the attack on Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran , in Bandikotti, Mogaverapattana

February 16, 2010 by PUCL Mangalore

Fact finding report prepared by PUCL on the attack on Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran , in Bandikotti, Mogaverapattana

  • Name of the victim: Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran S/o Ananda Kanchan
  • Occupation of the Victim: Fish Marketing Federation
  • Date of Incident: 12 February 2010
  • Time of Incident: 17.15hrs
  • Place of Incident: Bandikotti, Mogaveerapattana
  • Weapons used: Medium Sized Knife
  • Associated with organization: Swasthi Cricketers
  • Investigation official: Sub Inspector Nagaraj
  • Investigating Station: Ullal Police Station
  • Examining Doctor: Dr. Lawrence Arthur, NITTE
  • PUCL Enquiry Team: Mr. P B Dsa, Kabir, Harsha Raj Gatty

Summary of the incident as per the victim Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran [Seconded by Pushparaj Shetty and Santhosh]

Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran was riding a Hero Honda Glamour bike for a regular cricket practice with Swasthi cricketers on the Bandikotti ground. While he was riding the vehicle a Bajaj caliber started tailing him and signalled him a passing horn (Signal).

Sandeep Aalias Dananjay Putran slowed down his vehicle and aligned it to the left side of the road aligned his vehicle, to let the rear vehicle pass.

But as the (Unknown) rider in the Bajaj caliber started overtaking, the pillion rider (Unknown) stabbed Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran using a medium size knife. Meanwhile half of the knife got stuck on the trapezius muscles of Sandeep Aalias Dananjay Putran.

The Assailants drove swiftly and managed to escape from the scene. Meanwhile Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran was not able to continue driving so he shouted with pain and fell from his bike.

The scream was heard by Sahan a nearby resident, who quickly came to the scene and was able to identify the assailant’s vehicle as Bajaj Caliber. Sahan quickly came to the rescue of Sandeep Aalias Dananjay Putran and admitted him to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Hospital, Thokkotu and later informed the ullal police station.

Observations by the PUCL enquiry committee

When PUCL enquiry committee visited Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Hospital it was around 21.30hrs on 13/02/2010.

1. The victim Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran’s saffron coloured shirt with Blood stain was still in Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran room where he is  admitted and was not collected by the police investigation team as evidence even after 28 hours after the incident.

The shirt is a major piece of evidence to establish the victim’s relation with the crime and crime scene. Moreover the shirt has two precision cut marks from the knife that was used to stab Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran which would directly point at the use of the weapon on Sandeep Alias Dananjay Putran. However the victim does not suspect any one as he appears to have a amiable nature.

2.   Though the victim was in a stable condition during the visit of the arrival of PUCL enquiry team at 21.30hrs on 13/02/2010. The police had not carried out the facial identification of the suspects from the victims. This again shows the delay in the follow up procedures on the part of police investigation team.

3.      It may be recorded here while no ruling party politicians visited the other victims in Highland Hospital and  Sahara Hospital Thokkattu, M.P Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA Yogish Bhat, Nagaraj Shetty  and others visited Netaji Hospital.

Conclusion

We understand that the Dakshina Kannada police department is very engaged in the investigations of multiple violent incidents that have sparked in Mangalore over last one week and because of Bandh called by Ram Sene. However since a conclusive identity of the assailants or a group is not established, we request a responsible investigation team over the matter because to a certain extent the frequency of these attacks seem coordinated.

The delay in investigation procedure may result in more attacks on peaceful residents of Mangalore, while the assailants roam scot-free and spreading their terror among people.

Therefore we request you to please direct the concerned officials to take necessary investigation procedure and bring the offender to justice to reestablish peace in Mangalore.

The above report was prepared by:

Harsha Raj Gatty
General Secretary
PUCL, Mangalore
Date : 05-February-2010

|e-Book| Cultural Policing in Dakshina Kannada

March 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Human Rights, Report 

Cultural Policing in Dakshina Kannada

A Report by the People’s Union For Civil Liberties – Karnataka

Table of contents:

Chapter I- Introduction

1.1 Need and Purpose of the Report
1.2 Background to Dakshina Kannada
1.3 Consolidation of Hindutva Forces in Karnataka
1.4 Methodology

Chapter II – Vigilante Attacks in Dakshina Kannada

2.1 Amnesia Pub Incident
2.2 Intimidation of Independent Voices
2.3 Valentine’s Day Offensive
2.4 Continuing Attacks with Renewed Impunity

Chapter III – Understanding Cultural Policing in Dakhina Kannada

3.1 Strategy of Cultural Policing
3.2 Role of Organizations Professing Hindutva
3.3 Role of the Police
3.4 Role of the Media
3.5 Role of the Public
3.6 Impact of Cultural Policing

Chapter IV – Cultural Policing leading to Social Apartheid:
Violation of the Constitutional Order

Chapter V – Civil Society’s Response to Cultural Policing

5.1 Komu Souharde Vedike (KSV)
5.2 Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD)
5.3 Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI)
5.4 People’s Movement for Enforcement of
Constitutional Rights and Values
5.5 Celebrating Valentine’s Day
5.6 Pink Chaddi Campaign
5.6 Karnataka State Human Rights Commission

Chapter VI – Dealing with Cultural Policing

6.1 Political Strategy
6.2 Legal Strategy
6.3 Socio-Economic Strategy

Chapter VII – Issues for Further Debate

7.1 Legal Issues
7.2 Cultural Issues

Chapter VIII – Recommendations

Chapter IX – Postscript

Annexure

Annexure I : Communal Report Card of Karnataka:
Since the BJP Came to Power

Annexure II : Statements of the Home Minister of

Karnataka in Response to Communal Incidents in Karnataka

Annexure III: Incidents of Cultural Policing Reported in
the English Press

Annexure IV : Extracts of Incidents of Cutural Policing
Reported in the Kannada Press

Annexure V : Orders of the Karnataka State
Human Rights Commission

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