Mangaluru: Sangh Parivar activists attacked a youth with sword on the suspicion of illegal cow transportation, near Silver gate in Kulashekhar Nagar on Sunday morning.

The victim has been identified as Umar Farooq (32), a resident of Ulaibettu. The accused have fled the scene.

Incident detail: A tempo goods vehicle owned by Umar Farooq was transporting a load of Mango fruits from Ulaibettu to Mangaluru market at about 4:30 am on Sunday. When the vehicle reached near Kulashekhar Silvergate, a gang of three Sangh Parivar miscreants, who approached on a bike, reportedly intercepted the tempo.

The miscreants asked Umar Farooq if the cow was being transported through the goods tempo. Farooq replied that mangoes were being transported in the vehicle. They then abused Farooq over his cast and dragged him out of the vehicle.

Observing the situation, the driver of the vehicle, Ashfaq, ran to his safety; but Farooq was not fortunate enough to save himself from the attack. Consequently, the miscreants assaulted him with a sword and an iron rod before fleeing the location; injured Farooq informed Varthabharati.  

The victim sustained serious injuries on his leg, hand, and back. He was rushed to a private hospital in Mangaluru for the treatment.

Mangaluru city police visited the spot and launched the investigation. The vehicle loaded with mangoes has been taken to Kankanady city station.

Kankanady town police have registered a case in this regard.

2 suspects arrested: Mangaluru police have arrested two suspects in connection with this incident. The interrogation of the accused and investigation is on, said Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil.

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Saturday observed that no student above the age of 18 years, teachers, and staff can be allowed to attend schools and colleges unless they have received at least one jab of the COVID vaccine.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum was hearing a PIL filed by Mangaluru doctor Srinivas B Kakkilaya and others. The bench dismissed the PIL and said at least one dose of the COVID vaccine should be mandatorily taken by those attending schools and colleges.

The PIL had claimed that the circular issued by the state government on July 16, 2021, making vaccination mandatory in nature was in violation of fundamental rights as guaranteed under Articles 14 and 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India.

It had also added that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has maintained that the vaccination does not prevent the spread of the virus hence has little potential of stopping the pandemic.

According to the petitioners, such discrimination based on unreasonable classification, such as status of vaccination of an individual, is curbing the rights to practice any profession. The petitioners further claimed that the circular violates the dictum of the Supreme Court in the Common Cause Vs Union of India (2018) case which recognized the right, choice, and liberty of an individual to prefer the medicine of his/ her choice.

“We are of the considered view that no student, teacher or staff who have not received vaccines shall be permitted to attend the school or college, where the students gather in large numbers and risk them. As such no directions can be issued to permit such teachers, students, or staff who have not received at least one dose of vaccine to attend colleges in terms GO dated July 16, 2021,” the court said.