In two separate incidents of “moral policing” in North Kerala’s Kozhikode district, four persons, including a mother and her son, have been manhandled by different gangs.
Early on Monday, a mother and her son were attacked by a six-member gang as they were returning by bike from a temple in Kozhikode city after attending Shivaratri celebrations. On their way to home, the two stopped for food at a wayside eatery. When they resumed the journey the gang followed them in three bikes. The assailants waylaid them at a deserted spot and caught hold on the mother’s hand. They also showered abuse on the mother and slapped the son. One of them took away the ignition key of the bike.
The mother noted the registration number of one of the bikes and complained to the police leading to the arrest of five persons. The arrested were identified as S Aneez, P Suneesh, Muhammed Siraj, Jaffer Hassan and P Assim.
In another incident at Parakkadavu in Kozhikode rural district, a college student was brutally attacked by a gang when he gave lift to a girl in his class. M Sreesagar, 19, gave lift to his classmate who had come to attend a marriage at his village on Sunday afternoon.
Police said after Sreesagar dropped the girl at a bus stop at Parakkadavu, a gang cornered the youth. They took him away to an uninhabited area for questioning. Later, he was assaulted and kept in custody for a while. The youth and the girl managed to escape only after police reached the spot.
On Tuesday, the police arrested two of the six youths involved in the attack. The arrested were identified as K Anzar and P Nazar. The police said Parakkadavu, which comes under the communally-sensitive Nadapuram region, has reported similar incidents of moral policing in the recent past.