ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ದಲಿತ ಸಂಘರ್ಷ ಸಮಿತಿ (ರಿ), ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ ೧೪ ರಂದು ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರ್ ಜಯಂತಿ ಆಚರಿಸಲಿದೆ. ಇದರ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ ಮತುಕಥೆಯಾಗಿ; ಗೋ ಹತ್ಯೆ ಕಾಯಿದೆ, ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರ್ ಜೀವನ ಮತ್ತು ಸಿದ್ದಾಂತ , ಮತ್ತು ಒಂದು ಫಿಲಂ ಶೋ ಹೋಟೆಲ್ ದುರ್ಗಾ ಇಂಟರ್ನ್ಯಾಷನಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಅದರ ಆಮಂತ್ರಣ ಪತ್ರ ಡೌನ್ಲೋಡ್ ಮಾಡತಕ್ಕದ್ದು.
ಇಂದಿನ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಕ್ಶುಭ್ಧ ಸ್ತಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ದ್ವೇಷ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಬಹಳ ಹಳೆಯ ಕಥೆಯಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ, ಅದರ ಸಂಕಲ್ಪ ಇವತ್ತಿನ ಕೋಮುವಾದದ ದೈತ್ಯ ಪೆಡಂಭೂತಕ್ಕೆ ದಾರಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದೆ. ಕೋಮು ಸೌಹಾರ್ದ ವೇದಿಕೆಯ ಹೋರಾಟ ಈ ದ್ವೇಷವನ್ನು ಅಳಿಸಿ, ಶಾಂತಿಯನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಸುವುದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ…
Coastal Districts of Karnataka
Perhaps it is best to begin with quotations from a couple of articles. The first one is an article in the ‘Sunday Indian’ that appeared after the church attacks –
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The rape of communal harmony hurts here more than anywhere else, for the town has had a glorious tradition since time immemorial, says TSI’s Shashi Sampalli
When our taxi collided with another coming from the opposite direction, our driver’s first reaction was not about how much damage the accident would have caused to his vehicle or to the other one, but a sudden exclamation of how there were Muslims in the other vehicle. Admittedly, that well might have been the reaction of some bystanders too. But even if that is assuming too many things, the fact did not escape us that in the current times, it is not too surprising to a Mangalorean – though it seems to have horrified the rest of Indians – that Hindu fanatics smashed up a pub and even molested women because pubbing is ‘not Indian culture’.
Where lies the connection? The taxi incident is a mere example for how Mangalore and other coastal districts of Karnataka have been ripped apart by religious polarisation. Far from its ancient and fabled sense of tolerance, today, talking to a boy from another community, sharing a joke between them at a bus stand – let alone romance between members of different communities – could spark of violence, localised first, and then across the state. And the state Bharatiya Janata Party government is doing its level best not to change this, to say the least.
Yet, Mangalore was once home to Muslims and Malabar Mophlas as well as Hindus, far before the western concept of secularism arrived on the scene. The harbour city has welcomed different peoples with diverse cultures. Various sects of Muslims and later Christians had a good hold over the city. The state’s first Christian missionary came into existence in Mangalore. But there are no records to quote communal riots in the city till 1968. A petty argument between two communities had ended up in a murder – the first communal outbreak of Mangalore.
Though RSS was active in the city since 1940, its members were mostly Brahmans and Gowda-Saraswat Brahmans (Konkani) community till LK Advani’s Rath yatra reached the city in 1990. That is when the region’s powerful and majority communities such as Bunts, Poojaris, Mogaveers and Kharvis (fishermen) for the first time came under the shadow of radical Hindutva. After the Babri Mosque demolition in 1992, religious polarisation started in the coastal region. And the next major riot in 1998 in Surathkal not only saw nine lives snuffed out, but also vaporised the city’s fabled harmony………….
Another article by Praful Bidwai –
|India: Cultural Aggression in The Name of Hindutva
Thursday, 19 February 2009 / Praful Bidwai /
Former senior editor of The Times of India, Praful is a freelance journalist and regular columnist for several leading newspapers in India.
He is an associate editor of Security Dialogue, published by PRIO, Oslo; A Member of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists against Proliferation (INESAP) and Co-founder of the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND).
He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
His latest book, co-authored with Achin Vanaik, is New Nukes: India, Pakistan and Global Nuclear Disarmament (Interlink 1999).
One can only marvel – if that’s the word – at the breathtaking speed with which the sangh parivar has vitiated the social climate in state after state. Within months of taking power in Karnataka, it has unleashed savage repression and turned Mangalore into a Hindu Taliban bulwark, where women are attacked if they go to a bar, where Hindus must not mix with Muslims, and where there is no media freedom and free interaction among young men and women. The Sri Rama Sene led by Mr Pramod Mutalik has emerged as a menace. Karnataka has become the Gujarat of the South……. It is in Karnataka that the Hindutva forces’ dance macabre has taken on an especially grotesque form since 1998, when the Surathkal communal riots occurred in coastal Kannada. According to human rights activists, a communal incident was reported every six months between 1998 and 2000, became a monthly occurrence between 2000 and 2004, and now happens virtually every week. Since May 2008, there have been ’14 recorded incidents of violence’ against Hindu girls for being seen with Muslim or Christian boys…… Instead of … booking the culprits, the Chief Minister, Mr B S Yeddyurappa brazenly said there has been no ’major law and order problem’ and the Home Minister, Mr V S Acharya described the public outrage as ’hype’ and ’fuss when no deaths have occurred.’ Sene goons are now hounding human rights defenders such as Mr Pattabhirama Somayaji who spoke out against the Amnesia attack. There isn’t the least doubt that the Karnataka government has been shielding the Sene, and in particular Mutalik…… In August 2007, when Mr Yeddyurappa was the deputy Chief Minister in the JD(S)-led government, he dropped as many as 51 cases against sangh parivar activists, including Mutalik……………
Now read on…………
29.12.1998. Surathkal near Mangalore.
A major communal riot erupted ostensibly because a Muslim boy was found talking to a Hindu girl. The unrest continued for about a week. Two Hindu and six Muslim lives were lost.
23.8.2001. Katipalla (close to Surathkal), near Mangalore.
Assassination of a Muslim bus driver by a gang of hooligans on 21st resulted in a peaceful bundh being observed the next day called by the Bus Workers’ Association. On 23rd morning a local social activist, Abdul Salam was publicly assaulted and abused by a team of policemen. He was spirited away to the station but when a large crowd gathered and protested, the police released Abdul. At this stage some stones were thrown at the crowd. The police under the direction of SP Seemanth Kumar Singh, ran amok tear gassing, lathi charging, barging in to houses, assaulting women and children. In all 69 persons arrested, subjected to torture and foul casteist abuses. The magistrate gave a clean chit to the police.
31.3.2002. Asodu, near Kundapur (about 80km from Mangalore).
The notorious “AIDS pin prick” case. During the annual festival of local Nandikeshvara temple it is common practice for small merchants of all classes and religious faiths to set up temporary shops selling various items like toys, ladies’ ware etc. Thefts are quite common and some of these merchants use pin pricks to discourage mischievous boys and girls. This time the issue took a communal turn when a rumour started going round – that Muslims are spreading AIDS through such pin pricks. “Hindu” activists lodged a police complaint. Jamedar Altaf and three others were arrested at first under IPC 307 which was later modified to 327 after tests proved that there was no AIDS contamination. On the same night a mob attacked around 25 Muslim houses. There was widespread arson and looting.
26.2.2003. Puttur (about 60km from Mangalore).
Some Hindu girls and Muslim boys were watching movie in a theatre after attending a friend’s wedding. All of a sudden hundreds of “hindutva” activists gathered outside and created a ruckus. Subsequently there was rioting in the town resulting in imposition of section 144 for three days.
A tempo carrying a total of 11 bulls and he-buffaloes was coming to the city abattoir from Shimoga town. It was stopped by a group of around 8 “hindutva” activists. They started assaulting the driver Muhammad Aslam, owner Rahmatulla, Anwar, Ibrahim and others. Three other men in the tempo escaped. Mobile, cash and gold ornaments were allegedly looted. At Kudroli, near the abattoir, another group of “hindutva” activists went on a rampage and began stopping all sorts of transport vehicles and the situation took an ugly turn. The glasses of an autorickshaw were broken and several drivers including a biker were assaulted. A section of auto drivers went on a lightning strike.
The city meat merchants took out a 1000-strong silent procession condemning the “hindutva” activists for preventing them from carrying on their legitimate business.
4.11.2004. Vamanjur near Mangalore.
A group of “hindutva” activists intercepted two cows and two calves which had been sold to the slaughterhouse by dairy farmer Ratnaker Shetty. After “negotiations” Shetty was “persuaded” to take the cattle back.
4.2.2005. Hejmadi near Udupi (about 70km from Mangalore).
Co-workers Vanita and Ismail found talking to each other was considered a “crime” by local “hindutva” activists. They badly beat up Ismail and admonished Vanita. When Vanita lodged a police complaint the saffronwallahs came to her house and threatened her. Later Vanita committed suicide.
Hajabba, 60, and his son Hasanabba, 28, who were regular cattle traders were set upon by a mob of 50-60 “hindutva” activists at 7pm. They were dragged to the Adi Udupi maidan, disrobed, mobiles and cash looted and assaulted for three hours in front of a crowd of around 500. Police finally turned up at 10pm. The trial was a farce as all witnesses turned hostile and due to the public prosecutor’s dubious arguments. The government has not appealed against the judgement.
A rally organized by Sangh Parivar to press for the implementation of total ban on cow slaughter turned violent. There was tension in the city following incidents of stone-throwing on shops and a place of worship. Section 144 was clamped for next three days.
The police had stopped a lorry carrying 14 cattle at the city outskirts and detained four men. In the meantime some “hindutva” activists turned up and created a scene. Allegedly after receipt of a call from certain Hindu leaders and one legislator, the police escorted the lorry to the slaughterhouse. A simple case of overloading only has been booked, it is alleged.
Owner of “Saree Palace” shop had arranged an annual outing for a mixed group of his employees. The bus was stopped and damaged by a group of 15-20 “hindutva” activists on the outskirts of the city. Men and women were beaten up and cash, mobiles etc were looted. The trip was cancelled.
25.10.2005. Andaru near Moodabidri
Azaruddin was one of the group of men that on 25th was transporting legitimately purchased cattle from Amasebail near Kundapur to Moodabidri in a tempo. It was followed by a jeep full of policemen in mufti. When the tempo did not heed their command to stop, a shot was fired at its tyres. Though one of the tyres got detached still the tempo continued to move. When the jeep came abreast of the tempo, someone from inside slashed out with a sword. A policeman sustained injuries to his hand. A second shot was fired which hit Azaruddin and resulted in his death. Some of the occupants managed to escape but the police arrested two and took the tempo and bulls to the station. No proper inquiry has been held in to Azaruddin’s death.
A group of around 20 “hindutva” activists ransacked “Hotel Shobha” near RT Office at 8:45pm and assaulted the workers Umer and Prasad for serving beef. The hotel is owned by Faizal, a Keralite.
A group of five “hindutva” activists ransacked “Santosh Bar & Restaurent” at Urwa stores and assaulted the manager Allwyn Menezes for serving beef dishes. Incident took place at 9:45pm.
A group of “hindutva” activists ransacked “Hotel Ashirvad” belonging to Vincent, a Christian, for selling beef. Two of the miscreants were caught and handed over to police. Next day Christians took out a protest rally.
5.10.2006 to 9.10.2006. Mangalore.
Major communal riot started during the annual Durga procession allegedly over a banner denigrating Muslims and a cattle transport vehicle hitting a Hindu woman. Curfew imposed for three days from 7th to 9th. Two Muslim men were killed by “hindutva” activists.
1.12.2006. Mulky (about 30km from Mangalore).
A procession was taken out by activists carrying the body of a slain “hindutva” leader Sukhananda Shetty, from Mangalore to Mulky. It was alleged that since Sukhananda had taken an active part during the October riots he was killed by a criminal hired by Muslims. On reaching Mulky the crowd of around 2000 men started a riot in which some shops were destroyed. When the police refused permission for the procession to pass through Muslim-dominated area the crowd went berserk. Two hindutva “activists” were killed in the police firing.
Five Muslim boys and two Hindu girls, all students of a local tutorial college, were having ice cream in a parlour at 2:30 in the afternoon. Suddenly a group of around 15 “hindutva” activists turned up, assaulted them and took them to the Bunder PS. Ultimately they were rescued by a social activist.
22.12.2006. Maantur near Kadaba(about 90km from Mangalore).
A Tatamobile van carrying 14 cattle had allegedly hit a jeep. When this message spread around people started gathering and a tense situation prevailed for some time until the police arrived and defused it.
A tempo carrying two cattle from Polali to the Mangalore abattoir, hit a motorbike. Locals who noticed the cattle informed police. The police arrived and arrested driver Sharif and Abdul Majid.
5.1.2007. Vittla (about 40km from Mangalore)
A jeep having five cattle had broken down in the middle of Punacha – Kundadka road. The gram panchayat president informed the police. By the time police arrived the occupants of the jeep had escaped.
29.4.2007. Hosanagara. Shimoga district.
A nine-day Vishva Go Sammelana(Global Conference on Cow) held at the local Ramachandrapur Mutt concludes in the presence of several BJP politicians including the present CM Yedyurappa and swamijis including the Pejawar Vishveshateertha and RSS leaders including KS Sudarshan with calls to ban cow slaughter completely.
27.6.2007. Mittadka near Puttur.
A lorry carrying 18 he-buffaloes allegedly to Kerala was stopped by a group of “hindutva” activists. Ibrahim K, Hakim, Hamzakunhi, Ibrahim CK were severely beaten and handed over to the police. Puttur police had arrested five BJP leaders. The local BJP members made a huge outcry for the release of their leaders.
11.11.2007. Mudipu near Mangalore.
A group of “hindutva” activists intercepted a tempo carrying 10 cattle, assaulted driver Umer Kunhi, Bashir, Ashraf and escaped before the police arrived.
30.12.2007. Chittoli near Kundapur.
Cattle traders Jeffry(25), Ubedulla(25), Mazar(25) had gone to meet another trader Higgeri Shanker Hegde. All of them were attacked by a group of “hindutva” activists and suffered serious injuries. Allegedly cash worth Rs 24,000 was also looted.
A case of moral policing by Muslim groups has been reported. Details awaited.
19.8.2008. Perdoor near Udupi.
Farmer Sadananda Poojary who was also a part-time cattle trader was stabbed and murdered early morning by a group of “hindutva” activists.
27.8.2008. Sastan near Udupi.
A tempo carrying two he-buffaloes to nearby slaughterhouse was stopped by a group of “hindutva” activists and handed over to the police.
A report in an eveninger: “Similar to Bajrang Dal in Mangalore, which is trying to prevent Hindu girls from falling in to the trap of boys from ‘another community’ a Christian organization – Social Action Centre – has now begun its work of moral and cultural police for the Christian community…..” . SAC members and “hindutva” activists attacked a Muslim boy seen with a Christian girl.
A group of “hindutva” activists intercept a Hindu girl and a Christian boy going to Kerala. They allege that the girl was being taken for conversion and ‘hand over’ the couple to the police. The couple was ‘severely warned’ by police and girl was sent home.
A Hindu girl Roopashree and a Muslim boy Vikhar Ahmed were assaulted and paraded in public by a group of “hindutva” activists.
Sugandhi and her three friends Ragahv, Anil and Rashid who were in a hotel were attacked by a group of “hindutva” activists.
A group of “hindutva” activists drag Deepa and her fiancé Abdul Wahid out of a bus at a junction in the city and assault them.
“Hindutva” activists and activists from Social Action Forum carried out a joint “operation” against Mohammed and his classmate Catherine.
“Hindutva” activists assaulted and abused classmates Julia, Robert, Waheed, Abdul and Sunil because they were found laughing and talking loudly in a public place.
“Hindutva” activists assaulted and abused Rehman, Uma and Bhavya because they were found laughing and talking loudly in a public place.
“Hindutva” activists assaulted Syed, Zulfikar and Ameen with soda bottles and hooks inside a bus in the heart of city. The reason for the attack being that the boys had carried the schoolbags of some Hindu girls.
7.9.2008. A Village 25km from Mangalore.
Activists claiming to be from Karnataka Forum for Dignity(KFD, a Muslim youth organization) assaulted Dinesh and his friend Afshan. Actually Dinesh had brought medicines for her as she was suffering from malaria.
7.9.2008. A Village 25km from Mangalore.
Activists claiming to be from KFD attacked Govind, an autorickshaw driver because he often ferried his neighbours Uzma and Shaheen in his vehicle.
“The Hindu” says that in five such cases that have been registered by city stations in the last two months, cases have been filed against the couples under section 92(O) of the Karnataka Police Act, 1963.
Sudhaker, a student of Mangalore University had brought a Muslim girl Raila of his neighbourhood for entrance exams. He was drageed out of the bus and severely beaten up by a group of Muslim youth.
14.9.2008. Mangalore & Udupi.
Around 19 churches and prayer halls in various parts of coastal districts attacked by groups of “hindutva” activists. This was said to be part of a retaliation for the murder of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati in Kandhamal, Orissa and also to protest “forcible conversions.” The police were found actively assisting the “hindutva” activists. Matter is under probe by a commission headed by retd. justice Somashekhar.
16.9.2008. Belthangadi (about 90 km from Mangalore).
A Hindu student spitting on a Muslim girl for some reason took a communal turn and two groups of students of Melenthabeetu College.
Three Hindu girls drinking juice with Zaheer Abbas were set upon by a group of “hindutva” activists and took them to the police station. The police ‘warned’ the boy and girls and sent them back. One of the girls was castigated by “hindutva” activists in the presence of the police for ‘immoral behaviour’.
Another case of moral policing by Muslim groups has been reported. Details awaited.
Ameen , a Musli boy and a Hindu girl found together at Dharmasthala were ‘caught’ by “hindutva” activists and handed them over to Belthangadi police for further inquiry.
A group of “hindutva” activists raid the Miss Femina show at the Bharat Mall because according to them “the girls were skimpily dressed and they were being photographed”. The girls quickly wore ‘proper’ clothes and escaped.
3.12.2008. Padubidri (about 50km from Mangalore).
A group of three boys found digging at 2:00 a.m. the ground in front of the Uchila Bhaskar Nagar Masjid. While two escaped, one named Mohan was caught. It is alleged that the youth were sent to plant a bomb and the police are trying to pass it off as the doings of mentally unstable persons.
15.12.2008. Nethrani Island (120km from Mangalore).
A group of 24 Muslim youth of Bhatkal had gone on a picnic to this island on 13th. On 15th night hundreds of “hindutva” activists landed on the island and attacked the youth. Two sustained serious injuries. Condition of one stated to be critical.
A group of “hindutva” activists attack PUCL President D’Sa’s Blue Chip Computer Classes and broke glasses and tables alleging that he was encouraging ‘immoral activities’ in his shop.
A Muslim lawyer was attacked by a group of “hindutva” activists because he was ‘having fun’ with three Hindu girls.
A group of “hindutva” activists ‘catch’ Ubez, a salesman working in Mother India Masala factory at Honnavara and Sandhya ‘who were trying to elope’ in a bus and hand over the boy to police custody.
An altercation amongst some final-year BBM students took a communal turn when a group of “hindutva” activists intervened and tried to take undue advantage of the situation.
A group of “hindutva” activists stopped a tempo carrying calves (number and sex unspecified) for slaughter and handed them over to the Pandeshwar police.
Hindu, Muslim, Christian students of Sri Matha Education Trust, a co-ed institute, had engaged a bus to go on an excursion to Mysore and Bangalore. When the bus reached the outskirts of Mangalore, it was forcibly stopped by a 15- member group of “hindutva” activists carrying swords, clubs and stones. They damaged the bus and the excursion was cancelled.
A salesman working with a countrywide mobile service provider was attacked by “hindutva” activists as he “had dared to gain the affection of a Hindu girl”. No case registered as a ’compromise’ had been reached.
A hindu cook working in a Christian missionary-run women’s hostel was in a bus stop with a nun. Suddenly a group of “hindutva” activists turned up and started abusing them and accusing the nun of trying to covert the girl. IGP Prasad said that the people who ill-treated the nun could not be booked under the law. Since they alleged that the nun was involved in forcible conversions, their legal locus standi was sound, he said.
“Hindutva” activists attacked St. Ligoria Primary School because one teacher had distributed copies of Bible to Hindu students also.
12.1.2009. Kinnigoli (about 40km from Mangalore).
Nooruddin, 22, a vegetable vendor was arrested along with three other Muslim boys allegedly in connection with some local crime in which he had no direct part. His bike hired to some other person was involved in that crime. That same night Nooruddin was shifted to the Mangalore DCIB(District Crime Investigation Bureau). He suffered horrible torture at the hands of Inspector Venkatesh Prasanna and his men for three days. Finally, on the night of 15.1.09 he was dumped at the local bus terminus.
23.1.2009. Savanur near Puttur.
Shekhar Poojary was transporting cattle purchased from someone else to his home. On the way he gave a lift to friend Mohammad Hanif. Within no time a group of “hindutva” activists turned up and started attacking them. While Shekhar Poojary managed to escape, Hanif was disrobed, his mobile and cash worth 16,500 was looted and he was severely beaten. Later he was handed over to the Kadaba police who have booked a case against him.
Six Muslim students of Vivekananda Polytechnic were attacked by a 50-member group of Hindu boys led by the students’ union president. They made casteist remarks and shouted “You have come from Pakistan. You don’t have any right to study here. Look for another college.”
A group of “hindutva” activists attack western dance classes alleging that ‘minor’ girls were performing ‘vulgar’ dances there.
The sensational attack by the “hindutva” activists on women in the “Amnesia, The Lounge” pub. Reason being Hindu girls and Muslim boys were together. Notably, a section of the media was given prior information about the proposed attack and they were ready at vantage positions.
Hameed had organized a private get-together at his house for a few of his friends. Five “hindutva” activists raided the party and beat up Hameed and Sharief.
“The Hindu” newspaper editorial lists some 14 cases of communal incidents during a 6-month period starting from June 2008.
30.1.2009. Haleyangadi near Mulki.
A Yakshagana performance by Hindu children on Jesus Christ at the UBMS school annual day celebrations was cancelled because of stiff opposition from some management members and local politicians.
31.1.2009. Panja (about 60km from Mangalore)
A scarf/burqa controversy in the Government Pre-university College. After a parent-teacher meeting, Mohammad Rafiq, the local gram panchayat president was beaten up by a group of “hindutva” activists.
Professor Pattabhirama Somayaji, a lecturer in the local University College had condemned the pub attack when he was asked for comments by NDTV team. This raised the ire of ABVP. They were supported by the district-in-charge minister J.Krishna Palemar (BJP) who asked the principal to issue a show-cause notice to Somayaji.
Shruti, daughter of a Kerala MLA, was talking to a Muslim friend of her brother while traveling in a bus. All of a sudden a group of “hindutva” activists appeared, stopped the bus, took them to a nearby place and subjected them to all sorts of unnecessary questioning about their relationship.
10.2.2009. Ulayibettu near Mangalore.
Abdul Rahiman, 40, who earns his living by loading sand on to boats, and his 15-year old son Hussein Ashfaq were picked up from their home at midnight by SI K.Prakash. They were taken to the Rural Police Station and both were subjected to questioning and torture. They were sent home the next morning. Father and son had to be hospitalized. All because Abdul Rahiman’s brother-in-law who was wanted by the police in some cases was absconding.
10.2.2009. Elinje near Moodabidri (about 30km from Mangalore).
Ashwini Kulal, 16, was a student of Pompei College at Kinnigoli. She was reportedly friendly with a Muslim conductor of the bus in which she used to travel. Due to pressure from “hindutva” activists father and daughter were called to the Moodabidri PS. The father was reportedly “advised” not to let her commit such a “crime”. Unable to bear the shame, Ashwini committed suicide the next day.
A few weeks prior. Moodabidri.
A Muslim student of a college was assaulted for talking to a Hindu girl. He lodged a police complaint naming the attackers. The accused were called to the police station and questioned by SI Bharati. Some students protested and held a huge demonstration in front of the station.
Students of a prestigious engineering college had hired a bus to go to Bangalore to participate in an inter-collegiate sports meet. They were to start the journey at night. When the bus reached A.B.Shetty circle (close to Pandeshwar PS) a group of “hindutva” activists stopped it. The parents and Pandeshwar police were informed. Despite repeated requests from parents/guardians the bus was not allowed to proceed. The Pandeshwar police were helpless spectators to the sordid drama.
14.2.2009. Ullal, near Mangalore.
Rashik, a seven-year old boy was returning home late evening after attending madrassa classes. When he was close to his home, a white car stopped by him. One of the miscreants got down, shouted “Why are you wearing a cap?” and assaulted the boy on his cheeks. He pulled the boy’s legs, knocked him down and ran back to the car which took off immediately.
Two Muslim boys aged 15 and 17 who were members of the Students’ Islamic Organization (SIO) were pasting posters outside the Vivekananda College. A mob of thirty “hindutva” activists attacked them. As a result one boy suffered a partial loss of sight. Circle Inspector Shrikanth said that ‘the boys were assaulted by hand and such offences are non-cognizable’.
3.3.2009. Panja (about 50km from Mangalore)
ABVP and other local “hindutva” outfits force the principal of the government pre-university college to ban the Muslim girl students from wearing burquas.
15.3.2009. Kaup (about 50km from Mangalore).
“Hindutva” activists from Udupi, Kundapur, Baindoor were returning in some 20 buses after attending “Hindu Samajotsava” at Mangalore. When the convoy reached Kaup there was a rumour about stones being thrown on a bus. Immediately all buses stopped, 700 to 800 men got down and a rasta roko was held from 7pm to 9pm. There was a big riot near Juma Masjid in which stones, soda bottles, beer bottles were freely used. Many innocents were subjected to beating. No cases have been registered against “hindutva” activists. IPC sections 324, 307 etc slapped on the Muslims.
28.3.2009. Vakvadi near Kundapur (about 80km from Mangalore).
Nazir, 33, a cattle trader and resident of Kulai Mangalore, had gone to Vakvadi to purchase cattle. On his way back his vehicle was accosted by group of “hindutva” activists carrying clubs and other weapons. Nazir was so badly beaten that both his legs suffered fracture and he is bed-ridden even today.
2.4.2009. Kandlur near Kundapur.
23 year old Karani Mathin who had a tempo was also doing cattle transport along with other contracts. At 10:30pm a group of “hindutva” activists had attacked his vehicle and damaged it. Later that night when he was washing the vehicle in the river police arrived. His dead body was found the next day. Police say that he jumped into the river and killed himself. This story sounds suspicious since Karani Mathin knew swimming.
Lawyer Naushad Kashimji murdered by goondas allegedly hired by four police officers. Naushad was actively involved in several cases of human rights abuse by police. At the time of his murder, Naushad was representing Rashid Malabari (supposedly an aide of Dawood Ibrahim) and he was successful in preventing police custody and obtaining judicial custody. Reportedly this had angered the police officers who had other designs for Rashid Malabari. Naushad’s senior, Purushottam Poojary, has launched a case against the four police officers. – “Vaartha Bharati” 10th.
18.5.2009. Farangipet, near Mangalore.
After the victory of their candidate Nalin Kumar Kateel in the recent Lok Sabha elections, a group of BJP members carrying lethal weapons attacked Abu Bakr, barged in to three Muslim houses in Nettarakere village and caused extensive damage on 16th. – “Vaartha Bharati” 19th.
Miscreants had caused damage to a road-side Shiva statue at Pandeshwar. This had created tensions. The District Superintendent of Police later clarified that it was the act of a mentally unsound person. Hence no untoward incidents took place. – “Vaartha Bharati” 18/19th.
At around 9:15pm two miscreants arrived on a bike at the Fouzi Juma Masjid located at police lines, Pandeshwar. They threw a packet containing meat inside the mosque and took off immediately. The situation was defused due to the presence of mind shown by the Imam who requested all to show restraint. – “Vaartha Bharati” 19th .
19.7.2009. Barkur (about 35km from Mangalore).
Pramod Muthalik , head of Sri Rama Sene, held a three-day workshop for members. Later he told pressmen that a 158-member fighting force has been trained to face the threats from terrorism and conversion and to conduct raids. – “Vaartha Bharati” & “Karavali Ale” 20th .
Irfan, 20, and Fayaz, 20, were traveling in a bus from B.C.Road to Mangalore to go to college. When the bus reached Jyothi circle in Mangalore, some ten “hindutva” activists boarded the bus and surrounded the duo. They beat the boys inside the bus itself hurling casteist abuses at them. – “Vaartha Bharati” 21st .
(1) Three Muslim students were traveling in a bus to attend college at Mangalore. A group of around six “hindutva” activists attacked them. They swore and beat them up.
(2) Muslim boy Khahid and Hindu girl Divya, both students of a private school, were talking to each other at the bus terminus. This was sometime in the afternoon. Bus agent Sathish, who is also a “hindutva” activist, assaulted both. He also robbed a mobile and Rs.100 cash from Khahid.
(3) Abubakkar of Kasargod was walking towards the city from the railway station. A group of around eight “hindutva” activists attacked and beat him up. Reason: in the train he was sitting next to a Hindu girl. – “Vaartha Bharati” 26th .
Ayesha Asmin, Muslim student of government aided SVS College was asked by the principal not to come to college wearing scarf/burqa. He said he was under pressure from a certain “hindutva” group. After the issue got national headlines and people protested, the college withdrew the controversial order. But Ayesha has joined another college now. – “Karavali Ale” 7th .
Newly joined Muslim students Mubashir, Jalil, Safwan of Sri Devi College, were beaten up by a a group of Hindu students said to be members of ABVP. – “Vaartha Bharati” 13th .
15.8.2009. Urimajalu near Bantwal.
National flag unfurled at a level lower than Bhagva Dhvaj.– “Karavali Ale” 16th .
A dried skull said to be of a cow found inside the compound of Sharavu Temple. The temple priests and the SP helped in defusing the situation. No untoward incidents reported. – “Vaartha Bharati” 16th
16.8.2009. Madhva near Bantwal.
Miscreants had thrown pork into the compound of Badriya Darussalam Madrassa. – “Vaartha Bharati” 17th
17.8.2009. Uppinangady (about 70km from Mangalore).
Seven Muslim girls were sent out of class for wearing scarf/burqa by the management of Uppinangady First Grade College. Again due to all-round condemnation the order was withdrawn. – “Vaartha Bharati” 18th
Junaid, 19, a student of Srinivas College was severely beaten by two men while going for the morning 5:15 namaaz. The men escaped in a motorbike. – “Karavali Ale” 18th .
21.8.2009. Manipal, near Udupi.
“Hindutva” activists prevented a painting exhibition ‘Eternal Ganesha” by artists Purushottam Adve and Jayavant Manipal. – “Vaartha Bharati” 22nd .
A painting exhibition of Ganesha by students of Chandrakala School of Arts organized at Ramakrishna Hotel and another one at LVT Temple by Drashya School of Arts had to be cancelled due to threats received from “hindutva” activists. Later the exhibitions were allowed at Shirur Mutt and at the same LVT Temple. The miscreants tendered a public apology. – “Vaartha Bharati” 23rd .
27.8.2009. Karkala (about 60km from Mangalore).
A dead cow was found inside the premises of Government First Grade College. Students protested but no untoward incidents reported. – “Vaartha Bharati” 28th .
A sports and games event at Modankapu ground turned into a communal clash in which more than ten persons were injured. Azween, 19 , of Bantwal suffered a permanent loss of vision in one eye and his brother Arzaan had a grievous injury on the back of his head. – “Vaartha Bharati” 31st .
Constable Abdul Jabbar of Bajpe PS was pulled out of a bus he was traveling in with his family members. And the person who pulled him out was a traffic (west) sub-inspector Gopalakrishna Bhat. It was allegedly because Abdul Jabbar had given up his seat to a lady with an infant and was standing at the front-end. Though Abdul said he was a policemen and showed his ID card, the SI not only assaulted him but also used derogatory language about his caste. The ID card was returned after public protested. – “Vaartha Bharati” 2nd .
A group of “hindutva” activists tried unsucessfully to attack the car of local MLA U.T.Khader. The latter was returning home after inaugurating several welfare programs in a Dalit colony. – “Karavali Ale” 9th .
Five Muslim youth transporting cattle in a Qualis vehicle were waylaid allegedly by police and group of “hindutva” activists. Two youth, Asif, 19, and Mustafa, 28 , said to have “jumped” into the river, died under suspicious circumstances. – “Vaartha Bharati” 11th .
19.9.2009. Natekal near Mangalore.
A tempo carrying around 29 cattle was stopped by the police. Immediately a crowd of “hindutva” activists gathered. The sub-inspector started beating the driver in public hurling insulting abuses at him. – “Karavali Ale” 20th .
“Kumkum Saree Shop” is a temporary shop set up during the festivals. The owner, Usman Ghani, is a Maharashtrian Muslim. On the occasion of Id he had arranged lunch for his employees that included Hindu women. “Hindutva” activists gathered in front of the building, accused them of immoral activities, attacked Usman Ghani and “handed” all of them over to the police. The police detained them in the station till evening, called their parents too, “warned” the girls and let them go. Usman Ghani too was let off after severe “warning”.
“Vaartha Bharati” 23rd .
24.9.2009. Ullal near Mangalore.
Five Muslim youth arrested on suspicion of being involved in a shoot-out incident at Bantwal were kept in illegal detention at an undisclosed location for three days and subjected to torture. Ultimately when they were found innocent, they were released, paid Rs.100 and told not to speak to anyone about the incident. – “Vaartha Bharati” 29th .
Narayana Guru was a saint had worked for the emancipation and upliftment of the dalits. He also stood for secularism. He had established temples for them in which they were the poojaris. Narayana Guru is the revered saint of the backward Billava community. Janardhan Poojary, former finance minister, is a Billava. At one time he had a say in the community’s affairs but not anymore. Of late many Billavas have come under the influence of the Sangh Parivar. During this year’s Dasara too a portrait of the Guru was kept on display at the Ladyhill Circle here. For the first time some “hindutva” activists had put up saffron flags around the portrait. Members of the public complained about this to the police. The police have warned the “hindutva” activists that they will be held responsible for any untoward incidents that might occur. – “Vaartha Bharati” 29th .
Hindu and Muslim girl students of a local school were traveling in the Muslims’ car. This was reason enough for the “hindutva” activists to stop the car and take them to the police station. The police reportedly “advised” the Hindu girls against such “practice”. – “Karavali Ale” 31st
Navin, a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl, said to be his sister’s friend, were coming out of a restaurant in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here after having refreshments. Suddenly a group of around 50 Muslim men pounced on the couple, separated them and took them away to different places. The boy was beaten up while the girl was “reprimanded”. Both were later set free. – “Karavali Ale” 6th .
Riyaz, a Muslim youth was returning home in a car after visiting hid relatives in Brahmarakootlu. It is alleged that two local “hindutva” activists stopped the car. Riyaz was forced to alight from the car. They picked a fight with Riyaz, abused him and beat him up. Locals who gathered at the spot intervened and saved Riyaz. – “Karavali Ale” 6th .
8.10.2009. Edapadavu near Mangalore.
Nasir, a first year PU(11th standard) Muslim student of Swami Vivekananda College, had just come out of the examination hall at about 4:30pm. While he was engaged in some discussions with fellow students a group of four local “hindutva” activists arrived on foot and on a motor bike and asked “Who amongst you is a Byari(local Muslim)?” The moment Nasir identified himself he was assaulted with steel rods and also the bike was dashed against him. One of them lashed out with a knife and managed to slash Nasir’s leg. Nasir ran and sought shelter with a teacher and later got admitted to the government hospital. His right arm is in a sling and he is unable to write the remaining three exams. It is alleged that it is a dispute about Nasir being friendly with some girl student. – “Karavali Ale” 8th .
A couple of saffron newspapers print a report saying that conversion and ‘love jehad’ activities are taking place at the ‘Peace Public School’ in Thokkottu near Mangalore. This school is run by a group of Salafi Muslims and has staff and students belonging to various religions. On investigation by other independent media representatives it is found that the saffron papers had used non-existent names of a student and his family purported to have been converted. Also the teachers and students of the school have dismissed the reports as totally false and mischievous. – “Karavali Ale” 13th .
A Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, both students of the ‘Jetking Institute’ near PVS Circle were talking to each other. Some local “hindutva” activists noticed this and started assaulting the boy. When Rajesh Shet, a lecturer, tried to intervene and save the boy, he too was beaten up. The next day a large group of about 15 “hindutva” activists trespassed into the Institute and severely beat up Rajesh Shet. – “Vaartha Bharati” 17th .
“Hindu Janajagriti Samiti”, “Dharma Shakti Sene” and “Sanatana Samsthe” organized a public protest meet. The office-bearers alleged that 3000 Hindu girls from the district and 30,000 girls from all over the state have gone missing ever since a new terrorist ploy codenamed “Love Jehad” originating from Kasargod district in Kerala started luring Hindu girls to convert them to Islam and use them as suicide bombers. When asked for proof they had none. According to the IG(Western Range) of Police no such case has been registered till now. The Kerala police have conducted a probe upon directions from the high court and concluded that it was all rumour and without any factual basis.
According to a report in “The Hindu” dated 20.10.2009, the Miraj (Maharashtra) riots in September this year were preceded by distribution of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ a newspaper published by the “Sanatana Samsthe” According to the Miraj police what led to the riots was an entirely baseless article in it about ‘love jihad’ and how 500 Hindu girls from Kerala and 4000 from the entire country were being lured by Pakistani terrorist groups, forcibly converted to Islam and trained to be suicide bombers. – “Karavali Ale” 16th .
Love between a Hindu boy and Christian girl both students of ‘Sri Matha Education Trust’ was the cause for moral policing by some “hindutva” activists. At first, a fight took place between a couple of boys said to be family members of the girl and the Hindu boy. Later “hindutva” activists too joined the fray and created a big scene. The police intervened and arrested some of the miscreants. – “Karavali Ale” 16th .
A totally baseless report about ‘love jihad’ had been published in a Mangalore eveninger some days ago. A Xerox copy of this was found pasted on the glass behind the driver’s seat in a private bus plying from Bantwal to Mulky. A group of Muslim youth objected to this, stopped the bus and assaulted the driver and conductor. Cases under IPC 143, 147, 341, 504, 506, 149 have been registered against 13 Muslim youth. – “Vaartha Bharati” 17th .
A group of student members of ABVP clash with another group of Muslim students on the ‘love jihad’ issue. Boys of both groups were hurt. Ultimately the issue was reportedly settled amicably at the Sullia police station. – “Karavali Ale” 24th .
Several Hindu students of the first grade government college insulted Muslim girl students in foul language for wearing scarves. The girls complained to the principal. The latter is reported to have called the boys to his chamber and warned them. – “Vaartha Bharati” 26th
A Christian youth and a Hindu girl both working in a local company fell in love, got married and ran away to Sakleshpur town. The couple was called to the Uppinangady police station. They arrived along with their lawyer and the girl declared that she has willingly married the boy. But the girl’s parents managed to ‘rescue’ the girl with the help of some influential persons and a ‘hindutva’ organization. Presently the reluctant girl is being kept in a hermitage (ashram). – “Karavali Ale” 27th .
27.10.2009. Moolarapatna, near Bantwal.
A dispute between some cattle transporters and local “hindutva” activists resulted in a skirmish. Members belonging to both groups suffered injuries. Reportedly five persons have been assaulted. Police intervened and brought the situation under control. – “Vaartha Bharati” 29th
A Muslim youth said to be the owner of a shop in the old Bunder area of Mangalore was allegedly romancing with a Hindu girl(~25) inside a car at Padavinangady. A group of ‘hindutva’ activists said to be members of Bajrang Dal ‘caught’ the couple and took them to the Kavoor police station. The police called both families to the station, admonished them and set the couple free. – “Karavali Ale” 30th .
A group of ‘hindutva’ activists said to be members of Bajrang Dal ‘caught’ a romancing couple at Jodukere and handed them over to the police. The boy, Nellikar Bashir, is a Muslim and the girl is a Christian from nearby Muratangadi. – “Karavali Ale” 30th .
A complaint has been lodged at Kaup police station by two girl inmates Megha and Shilpa against Saroja Magaret, warden of the Bethel Boarding Hostel. They complained that the warden was trying to convert them to Christianity. – “Vaartha Bharati” 2nd .
The Department of Women and Child Welfare has issued a show cause notice to the local Child Welfare Committee saying that it was exceeding its limits and asking why the office-bearers should not be suspended. The background to this notice is the CWC’s activism in exposing the role of RSS in the illegal child trafficking taking place from Meghalaya to Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. The CWC has also lodged complaints against a local swamiji, who is a ‘hindutva’ sympathizer, for having illegally keeping a stolen child and later sending it to Kerala. The CWC had sent a notice to sub-inspector Shivaprakash who had publicly assaulted a 13-year old child. The SHRC which took up the last case has recently delivered a judgment imposing a fine of Rs 25, 000 on the SI and recommending cases to be booked against him. – “Vaartha Bharati” 3rd .
A group of around 50 ‘hindutva’ activists said to be members of Bajrang Dal barged in to a flat and assaulted a Christian couple Wilson and Ashalatha at Attavar claiming it was a religious conversion center. The activists called the Pandeshwar police to the flat. The police are reported to have questioned the couple and two other persons and ‘seized’ some books relating to Christianity. Though the Bajrang Dal leader Sharan Pumpwell claimed responsibility for the attack the police have not made any arrests. “Vaartha Bharati” 5th .
The Uppinangady First Grade Government College where the burqa controversy had arisen on 17.8.2009 has since been witnessing minor skirmishes almost every day. On 3.11.2009 once again clashes broke out between some Hindu and Muslim boys. The Muslim boys who received stab injuries were admitted to a private hospital at Puttur. Police intervened and dispersed the students after a mild lathi charge. The police are said to have taken five persons into custody.
– “Karavali Ale” 4th .
Suhail(20) 2nd year BBM student at the Rathabeedhi First Grade Government College was talking to Renuka, a 1st year B.Com student during lunch break. Three student members of a ‘hindutva’ group passed this information on to their leaders outside. The leaders entered the college premises unauthorisedly and threatened Suhail. The principal called the police who immediately came to the spot and arrested the nine ‘hindutva’ activists Chetan Kumar Pumpwell, Puneetraj Attavar, Ranjit K. Maroli, Ganesh K. Kalladka, Mithun Arkula, Nishit Maroli, Kishan Kodikal, Ravish Bikarnakatte and Bharat Pavoor. – “Vaartha Bharati” 5th .
A 17 year old Hindu girl student of Canara College and a Muslim boy from her neighbourhood had apparently fallen in love with each other. On 6th evening they were walking hand-in-hand at the local Kadri Park. A neighbour and ‘hindutva’ activist recognized them and immediately informed his leaders who rushed a team to the park. The group started questioning the couple on their religious affiliations and created a ruckus. The Kadri police came to the spot, shooed the ‘hindutva’ activists away and took the couple to the station. Later they called the parents to the station and let the couple off after ‘warning’ them. – “Karavali Ale” 7th .
Retired police officer and ex-MP H.T.Sangliana addressed a press conference in connection with the incidents of alleged conversions of 1.11.2009 and 3.11.2009. He lashed out at Sangh Parivar and at the local saffronised police for conducting raids without search warrants and not taking action against the ‘hindutva’ activists. He also criticized a section of the saffronised media. – “Vaartha Bharati” 10th .
Five students of Edapadavu Government College were selected to participate in a state level handball tournament at Hassan on 17.11.2009. Among them were three Muslim boys Rizwan, Rashid, Muhammad Sheik and two Hindu girls Deepika, Shanti. They were told by their PT instructor Premnath to go to St Aloysius College at Mangalore, do some practice on the 15th and proceed to Hassan. All of them boarded a private express bus at Gurupur at 3 p.m. A ‘hindutva’ activist on the bus started making inquiries. When the bus reached Vamanjoor a large group of ‘hindutva’ activists stopped the bus though it was not a scheduled stop. The group pulled the five students out, attacked the boys allegedly with iron rods, knives, clubs etc. and slapped the girls and abused them. The boys had to cancel their trip to Hassan and instead had to be admitted to hospital. Both groups lodged complaints accusing each other. The police arrived and dispersed the crowd. Four of the assailants too got admitted to the Wenlock Hospital at Mangalore claiming they were beaten.
– “Vaartha Bharati” 16th .
‘Hindutva’ groups protesting the 15th incident threw stones and damaged a bus. The four assailants managed to escape from the hospital allegedly with the connivance of SI Prakash. – “Vaartha Bharati” 17th .
Miscreants reportedly stoned a Mosque and a Muslim’s house at Pallamajalu resulting in injuries to nine persons including women and children. Police reportedly arrested more than 30 persons from both communities saying two groups had indulged in the stone throwing which took place at 7:30 p.m. – “Vaartha Bharati” 19th .
In view of the several untoward incidents happening since the past three days additional police forces have been deputed. Shops and business establishments have been asked to close down at 8 p.m. till normalcy is restored in Bantwal. According to the police more than 15 persons have been taken in to custody. – “Vaartha Bharati” 20th .
Four ‘hindutva’ activists attack two Muslim men alleging that they had written love letters to a Hindu girl. Though the Muslim men denied it both were assaulted. The police have arrested all the four miscreants.
– “Karavali Ale” 20th .
Hanif, a cattle trader, was transporting a cow and its calf in a pick-up van. At Madaka junction the van was accosted by a group of ‘hindutva’ activists said to be members of Bajrang Dal. They asked Hanif to call the seller to the spot which he did. Though the seller arrived and confirmed the sale the group would not allow Hanif to proceed. The local DYFI ( youth wing of the CPM) got word of this and its members gathered there and started challenging the ‘hindutva’ group. Meanwhile the Konaje police arrived and tried to arrest Hanif. The DYFI boys objected saying it was a legal sale and the police had better arrest the ‘hindutva’ group. At this the police let go Hanif but none of the ‘hindutva’ group was arrested. – “Karavali Ale” 24th .
In view of the Bakrid celebrations on 27.11.2009 a banner was being put up at a place called Colonel Garden near the Kudroli Bokkapatna church. Necessary permission for the banner had been obtained from the municipal corporation. At around midnight a couple of ‘hindutva’ activists Charan and Appu arrived on a bike and objected to the banner. According to the complaint lodged with the Barke PS, the activists carrying swords had threatened the Muslim youth. The police have not been able to nab the culprits. – “Karavali Ale” 26th .
A young inter community couple has drawn the ire of both Hindutva and Islamist groups. Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Popular Front of India are alleged to have separately threatened the Muslim boy, Shabir for observing the Ayyappa vow. The police apparently have registered a case. The same couple had been threatened and kidnapped by ‘hindutva’ activists last year. Both Islamist groups have denied their role in the incident. – “Karavali Ale” 28th .
Ramiz,a resident of Padubidri, studying at the Manipal Junior College in Udupi, was staying in a rented room at the Panchami Hotel, Kunibettu. A group of ‘hindutva’ activists ‘raided’ the room on 28th alleging that Ramiz had become friendly with a Keralite hindu girl Bhagavati and for the past one month was keeping her in his room. The couple were taken to the Udupi city PS. It is reported that the police ‘warned’ the couple and handed them over to their respective parents. – “Karavali Ale” 29th .
Note 1: All data are based on available local media reports. It is likely that there could be more such incidents. And of course there could be quite a number of unreported cases too.
Note 2: The state government has withdrawn all charges against the accused activists of Sangh Parivar in the 1998/99 Surathkal and 2006 Mangalore riots cases, the Hubli Idgah Maidan case and the Bababudangiri case.
Compiled by: Suresh Bhat B., member, PUCL, Mangalore.