Mangaluru, January 21: In a press release Dakshina Kannada SP Dr S D Sharanappa has said, the police have registered 35 cases in relation to the recent communal clashes that erupted at Karaya on January 16th and also the incidents of torching shops in Uppinangady.
The press release states, as of now 26 persons have been arrested. Instructed by superintendent of police, three police teams have been formed to track the culprits and four were arrested on Tuesday January 20th and produced before the court. Many of the accused who are absconding have been identified and will be arrested soon, the SP said.
The SP also dismissed reports about three persons attempting to torch a place of worship and said, “A phone call was received at Uppinangady police station that three youths with petrol cans in hand were spotted in Ilanthila, and that they were searching for a particular place of worship. But after investigations by the police, it was learnt that the youths were just searching for petrol after their bike ran out of petrol at Ilanthila. The youths had not involved in any wrong activities as alleged. The youths are the residents of Alankaru Nekre”.
Bundh was called at Uppinangady on January 21st but it has been called off after holding a peace meet with religious leaders from both the communities, SP and other police officers.
The cops have requested public not to listen to any rumours being spread through social media and maintain peace.