Raichur: Bajrangdal activists attacked a mosque, threw copies of Quran, mikes and set of mats and other items on fire at a mosque in Raichur district's Talekan village in Maski taluk. The incident came to light lately.
A terror attack had taken place on Indian soldiers at Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14. Accusing some Muslim youths of celebrating the terror attack, the Bajrangdal activists thronged into a mosque and threw off copies of Holy Quran, mikes and set mats and other items on fire.
They then lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the Pakistan Zindabad slogans were raised and soldiers' death was celebrated. Following which, a case was registered under Section 147 of the IPC, including Section 25/2019, 143, 147, 120 (A) 153 (A) and 504. Based on this, the Maski police have reportedly arrested six Muslim youths.
Even after the incident, Bajrangdal activists continued to bolster the protest and demanded to book sedition case against the arrested youths. It is learnt that activists gave a call to boycott trade with Muslims and not to give even a drop of water to them. They also blocked Muslims from coming to Namaz.
The Maski police, on February 24, registered a case against Bajrangdal workers as well, for destroying various materials at the mosque. The case was registered under Section 149, 147, 427, 435, 295, and 149 and nine workers were taken into custody. However, the Bajrangdal activists were reportedly released without any punishment.
After this, they again attacked an old man Hussein Saab, who was returning from the mosque on April 9. Around 10 Bajrang Dal activists allegedly attacked Hussein Saab, used foul language, thrashed him and also threatened him to leave the village. A case has been registered against Vishwanath, Kanteppa, PB Basappa and five others under section 149 IPC, including Section 143, 147, 341, 504, 323, 506 at the Maski Police Station.
A delegation of the Raichur district SDPI visited the superintendent of police and demanded immediate arrest of the accused who threatened to leave the village. It sought stringent action against the culprits and requested to restore communal harmony in the village.
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Bengaluru: A local court on Monday granted bail to seven Pro-Kannada activists who were arrested for attacking Jain building and taking down a Hindi banner in the city.
The bail application was heard by the court on Monday. The court then granted bail to the activists on surety of Rs. 50,000 and two persons.
The court also conditioned that the accused should not tamper with the evidences of the case and should co-operate with the investigation.
The accused told the court that their actions were only aimed for the betterment of Kannada and that's why they removed the Hindi banners to setup Kannada banners instead.
A complaint was filed against the activists for tearing banners with Hindi language in a Jain temple in Commercial Street Police Station limits on August 16, which was followed by arrest of six accused.
According to the regulations, at least 60% of the writing on signboards should be in Kannada, remaining 40% can be in English and other languages.