Mangaluru: Karnataka ADGP (Law and Order) Alok Kumar on Thursday said the authorities were taking measures to bring life back to normalcy in Dakshina Kannada district after tension erupted following three murders of youngsters of different communities in less than 10 days last month.

Kumar also stated that the prohibitory orders that are in place during the night in the district will be withdrawn in a phased manner.

“For now we are restricting pillion riders on two-wheeler vehicles. Senior citizens, women, and children will be exempted from this restriction. We have directed the concerned authorities to not allow pillion riders on the two-wheeler.” Kumar added.

He was addressing the media reporters after speaking to top police officials of Mangaluru Police Commissionarate, Dakshina Kannada Police, and Udupi Police. He took stock of the situation, investigations so far, and security arrangements in the region following the serial murders.

Responding to a query about whether the prohibitory orders will be extended further, he added that the restrictions will remain in place for some time and will be phased out. He added that the idea of phasing out a two-three-hour duration of night curfew was discussed.

“The situation is calm in the district at the moment. People have been able to walk around peacefully since last week. We are also closing monitoring the movements of miscreants and are vigilant about it. That is why I have come to the district. I have also directed the police to treat criminals as criminals.” He added.

“The investigation into the recent murders is progressing and I am personally monitoring it. Our focus is not just on documentation, but on creating a fool-proof case. In the cases that took place previously, we have seen suspects getting bails and acquittals due to lack of evidence and inadequate investigations. We are tracking the investigation of all those cases including the Sharath Madival case, Pinky Nawaaz case, and others. Some organizations are also under our radar and we are monitoring them.” He added.

“We have further obtained police custody of six people arrested in Faazil murder case. A thorough investigation will be carried led by investigating officer Mahesh Kumar about the conspiracy. Four people have been arrested in the Praveen murder case more people are being questioned. We have not arrested any innocent in the case and we have picked up people after getting enough information about their involvement in the case.” He further added.

Mangaluru Police Commissioner N Shashikumar, DK SP Rishikesh Sonawane, Udupi SP Vishnuvardhan, and other senior police officials were present with Kumar during the press briefing.

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Bengaluru, Aug 8: Some students who passed the Pre-University Course (PUC) in 2020-21 but are also writing the Common Entrance Test (CET) in 2022, have approached the High Court.

These students have challenged an alleged note of the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) not considering the 2020-21 marks for entrance to professional courses in 2022.

"The marks of students who have passed out in 2021 will not be computed for the purpose of giving ranking in the CET and only the marks obtained in the CET will be taken into consideration for the purpose of granting rankings," the petition cites a KEA note.

A single-judge bench of SR Krishna Kumar heard the petition on Monday.

The Additional Advocate General, Dhyan Chinnappa, informed the High Court, which was hearing the petition, that the counselling of students for admission to professional courses is yet to commence.

The AAG informed the court that the counselling will not commence till the HC hears the petition after which the case was adjourned to August 18.

The petition was filed by Keerthana Y H and a dozen other students.

"Qualifying examination marks are usually higher in the nature of the examinations and the CET markings are usually lower. By excluding the qualifying examination marks, and by taking the CET marks alone for half the proportion would completely disturb the merit matrix of every student," the petition claims.