Mangaluru, December 2: In connection to the violence, disturbances and assault on the driver of a private school in front of a hospital at Thokkottu that took place earlier this year, the Ullal police have arrested two persons and produced them in court. The crowd had alleged that the driver of the school bus had sexually harassed a UKG girl student of the school.
In connection to the above incident, Asif (23) and Syed Ummer Koya (25) from Madoor village were arrested.
On April 1th this year, a crowd had forcibly entered a private school, alleging that the driver of the school bus had sexually harassed a UKG girl student of the school. Then the gang had beaten up the bus driver. Later, when the girl was taken to Sahara Hospital at Thokkottu for medical tests, a crowd which had gathered in front of the hospital had pelted stones at the school bus and police van, damaging both the vehicles and had tried to attack media persons and snatch away their cameras. The crowd had obstructed police from discharging their duties. The police had resorted to lathi cahrge to disperse the crowd and restore law and order.
After the incident, the accused had gone underground. On early hours of Tuesday December 1st, a police team led by Ullal police sub-inspector Bharati, raided several houses at Madoor and took four people into custody.
In relation to the incident, a crowd later mobbed the police station, alleging that police had arrested innocent police. The crowd that was led by SDPI leaders, urged for the release of all the arrested persons. The police released two persons, Imtiaz and Moidin U K from Madoor after questioning. Asif and Ummer Koya stand arrested.
During late night, SDPI activists, expressing rage at the silence of president Syed Madani Dargah at Ullal towards the arrest of innocent people by the police; had laid siege to his house at Alekala village. When the police vehicle arrived at the spot to control the mob, stones were pelted at the police vehicle. As a result, tense situation prevailed in the area.
The crowd consisting of about 20-25 people urged Dargah president, U K Hamza, to intervene in the matter, expressing their rage over the fact that police had entered many houses in the early morning, when women and children were present, and had taken away innocent people. They urged Hamza to discuss with the police and get the arrested persons released.
Hamza had told them that having been in a position of responsibility, he could not do anything if police had discharged their duty lawfully. It is said, this angered the crowd. The crowd later began to create disturbances. Then Hamza informed the matter to Ullal police. Immediately, some police from Ullal station along with KSRP contingent came to the spot in police vehicle. On seeing the police, the crowd started running away and also pelted stones at the vehicle, it is gathered.
The situation remains tense in the area. Adequate police security has been provided to the residence of Dargah president U K Hamza.