Mangaluru: According to a report by The News Minute, an FIR registered against Chandru Moger, the coordinator of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, regarding a hate speech incident from 2022 has been transferred from Bengaluru to Mangaluru. The transfer took place on May 17 when the Sanjay Nagar police in Bengaluru handed over the case files to the Urwa Police Station in Mangaluru for further investigation. The investigation revealed that the hate speech video originated from a Sanatan Sanstha office in Mangaluru.

During the investigation, the Bengaluru Crime Branch contacted Twitter to obtain information about the IP address associated with the system that shared the video. It was discovered that the IP address was traced back to Mangaluru.

The FIR filed against Chandru Moger includes charges under various sections of the IPC, such as promoting enmity between different groups and criminal intimidation. In the video, Moger made controversial statements accusing Muslims of having a monopoly over the fruit business and alleging that they would spit on fruits and bread before selling them. These claims are part of the false propaganda known as "thook jihad" in Hindutva circles.

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Various political figures, including former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, had criticized Moger's statements. Kumaraswamy denounced the directive issued by the Hindutva unit to boycott purchasing fruits from Muslims as a betrayal against the country and farmers.

Despite initial inaction by the police, Sheikh Zia Nomani, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Bengaluru spokesperson, lodged a complaint on April 6, 2022, at the Sanjay Nagar police station, seeking the registration of an FIR against Moger for defaming the Muslim community and inciting communal hatred and violence. The FIR has now been transferred to the Urwa Police Station in Mangaluru.

Mangaluru City Police Commissioner Kuldeep Jain confirmed the transfer of the FIR but stated that no one has been questioned in the case thus far. The investigating officer, Sudarshan, mentioned that the investigation is in its early stages and no significant details can be provided at this time.

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Mangaluru: Lorry owners responsible for transporting goods from the New Mangalore Port have declared their intention to initiate a strike beginning on Friday, September 29. Their demands include an increase in lorry rental rates, among other requests.

Efforts to mediate between the lorry owners' association and transporters were led by senior police officers during a conciliatory meeting held at the Panambur ACP's office on Wednesday. However, these efforts failed to bridge the gap between the two parties, leading the lorry owners to confirm their plans for a protest starting on Friday.

Sushanth Shetty, the President of the lorry owners' association, expressed their dissatisfaction, stating, "The rent for the lorries has not been hiked as we had demanded. A hike of Rs 100 a ton from the current rental rate does not suffice. We will, therefore, hold a protest for an indefinite period, till our demands are met."