Mangaluru, December 9: The peace meet was chaired by the police commissioner and the district administration was held on Tuesday, December 9th.
The Police Commissioner R Hithendra has said, stringent actions will be taken on those who try to curb the peace by provoking fights over a petty issue.
ACP Subramanya has been directed to submit a report after investigating the cases of incidents which took place at Ulaibettu on Friday morning and consequently other incidents which have occurred later on. It is alleged that negligence of the inspector was the reason behind the spread of violence in the beginning. On this basis, he has been transferred from the place, informed the commissioner.
A B Ibrahim, the deputy commissioner addressing the gathered said, the district is famed over many aspects. We ought to retain it by maintaining communal harmony. Leaders of all the communities ought to co-operate to achieve this.
M B Puranik, VHP working president said, “In the meet, leaders belonging to one community are present. How can we have a mutual discussion in this peace meet in their absence?”
He said, hindu are always targeted. Hindu organizations did not indulge in any violence during the protest, or in the first clash at Ulaibettu. We never intended to be violent in either of the incidents. Some people have the wrong notion that we can act as we wish, we are protected by our leaders. This leads to such untoward incidents, alleged Puranik.
Former MLA Krishna Palemar said that Mangalore police commissioner was not completely able to maintain law and order. Many clashes had taken place of late and appropriate actions have not been taken against the offenders. Even the cops are attacked. Inside the jail, in Kadri station police officers were assaulted. But no actions were taken against the culprits. To restore peace, the public must have fear of the cops and law. Since there is no fear, it has been a boon for the persons who provoke social unrest, said Palemar.
BJP MLC Monappa Bhandary said, communal clash arises due to three reasons – ‘cattle trafficking, cattle slaughter, and Love Jihad – and innocents are the target. Primarily, it must come to halt. The district administration and the police officers are under pressure.
Former MLA Yogish Bhat opined and said, if the preliminary offender in the case is traced and arrested, the situation can be brought to control in the beginning itself. He suspected that the drug maphia which is growing at Ulaibettu might be the reason for the incident.
Satyajit Suratkal, regional convener of the Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV), alleged that the failure of the police was the reason behind the incident which took place at Ulaibettu. The cops have failed to take appropriate actions although the local women had urged them, said Satyajith. He also said, the people have taken to streets since they have lost trust over the government.
DYFI leader B K Imthiyaz said, there is a pre-plan behind every incident. If the police department initiates appropriate actions in the budded state, then forth coming mishaps can be avoided. He demanded that stringent actions ought to be taken on those who provoke clashes.
VHP leader Jagadish Shenava, VHP district president Jithendra Kottary, CPIM leader Yadava Shetty, Global bunts association president Ajith Kumar Malady, social worker Hanif Paajapalla, Bishath representative Masthal Monthero, Kannada Sahitya parishat district president Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, leader of human rights association Balakrishna Rai also expressed their views.
Amrith Pal –IGP western range, DK Superintendent of Police Dr S D Sharanappa, ZP CEO Tulasi Maddeneni, deputy Mayor kavitha, former Minister Nagaraj Shetty, MLC Balakrishna Bhat, Harikrishna Punaruru, RSS leader Prakash, Fishermen leader Nithin Kumar were present.
Peace meets are not organized in Police stations: alleges Kamath.
Once in three months police officials ought to organize peace meets in Police Stations. But it is not conducted in any of the stations. Whenever riots occur, only then the peace meets are held. it should not happen. Allow the police officials to work freely. Then occurrence of such incidents will stop by itself, said Hanumanth Kamath- President of the Nagarikara hitha Rakshana Vedike.
Muslim associations boycott the meet:
Along with the district in-charge minister, other prime leaders were supposed to participate in this meet. Moreover; MLA Moideen Bava who falls under the area of the incident, was not informed of this meeting. Since peoples representatives are not invited, we are boycotting the meet stated, the PFI leader A M Atavulla and walked out from the meeting.