Mangaluru, July 1: Six youths were assaulted by a gang of stranger at Munchoor on Tuesday evening June 30th. In relation to this case, police have arrested seven members.
The arrested are identified as Santosh, Naveen, Dev, Dinesh, Jagan, Guru and Prabhakar.
This is third such incident of attack reported since the past three days under Suratkal police jurisdiction.
It is gathered that Siraj, Taufiq and Anwar, residents of Krishnapur, were attacked and robbed by the gang. All three youths were admitted to a private hospital in Mangaluru.
As it began to rain heavily while the three youths were returning home from work, they took shelter at a shop at Munchoor, where two other persons were also waiting. Meanwhile, a group of around 15 to 20 unknown men armed with rods approached them and asked them what they were doing there. They later assaulted them. They were attacked without any reason, said Anwar.
The victims narrated, five people were waiting there. The miscreants assaulted, pushed us to the ground and kicked us. Two others who were standing with us managed to escape. The group also robbed us of our money and damaged our cell phones. When they were about to stab us with a long knife, we somehow managed to push them away and ran. We got into running bus and escaped, the victims said.
On Sunday June 28th, two other cases of attack were reported in Suratkal, following which six men were taken to custody on Monday June 29th.
On Sunday afternoon, four people including a woman were assaulted near Tadambail. In connection to this the police have arrested Mohan (32), Santosh alias Santu (21), Vineet (21) Sunil (20), and Vinay alias Munna (20), all from Tadambail. It is said that the attackers were angry that the victims were staring at them.
On Sunday night, in a counter attack which was reported from near Munchoor, two men had allegedly stabbed Ashok Bhat from Idya while he was travelling with his wife on his scooter.
One among the accused, Hameed Safwan (27), residing near Idya, was arrested.
It is said, the accused were waiting while Ashok Bhat was returning after visiting his elder brother’s house. It is alleged that they chased Bhat in a motor bike and attacked him.
Locals said, from the last few days a group has been loitering in Suratkal armed with rods and weapons, but the police department has failed to take enough action.
Sources said that the attack on youths on Tuesday was a counter attack in response to Sunday’s incidents. Six people were injured, three have been admitted to a private hospital, while the others are admitted to Wenlock hospital in the city.
The police swung into action immediately after the incident arrested Guru on the late night of Tuesday. Based on the information provided by Guru during questioning, police arrested others.
Tight security has been deployed in the spot and also in sensitive areas.