Mangaluru: When the Congress came to power in the state, it promised to take action to control communal activities in the Dakshina Kannada district. However, communal activities inciting hatred have continued, stated a joint Forum of secular parties and organization demanding action to prevent such incidents, submitted a request to the district in-charge minister.

Minister Dinesh Gundurao received the request from the forum, led by Secretary Munir Katipalla, at the Deputy Commissioner's office on Monday.

"Recently, the police department registered a case against Sharan Pump Well for inciting communal riots related to an incident of inviduals offering namaz on the roadside in Kankanady. However, the High Court stayed the case. Similarly, the High Court stayed a case of communal incitement in front of Gerosa School. These repeated incidents have undermined the police department's efforts to take legal action against communal incitement," the letter read.

In the letter, the forum also questioned whether the police's FIRs are weak, allowing such serious cases to be easily dismissed.

In the letter it was also alleged that a systematic conspiracy was plotted to enrage Muslims and create communal tension under the guise if the BJP's election victory. Incidents where BJP workers illegally gathered and shouted provocative slogans in front of the Karopadi Masjid and Boliyar Masjid during celebrations, despite prohibition orders."

The forum further urged for a strict legal action in these cases and called for proper measures to prevent such future incidents.


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Thane (PTI): Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against 52 persons, including 21 women, for alleged violation of rules and obscenity at a bar in Navi Mumbai township of Maharashtra, an official said.

The police's anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) conducted a raid on the restaurant-cum-bar located at the Vashi APMC market on Monday night.

They found a number of persons there indulging in obscene acts and flouting various norms, the official from APMC police station said.

Based on a complaint by the AHTC team member, the police registered an FIR against 52 persons, including 21 women, 11 waiters, the restaurant's manager and nine customers, under Indian Penal Code sections 294 (obscenity) and 34 (common intention) and the Maharashtra Police Act, the official said.