A 22-year-old engineering student was beaten up by a group of people for allegedly posting derogatory remarks on Facebook about Kannada filmstars protesting over Cauvery issue on Saturday. Santosh, a resident of Sriramapura, is pursuing an engineering course from a private college in Banashankari in Bengaluru.
Santosh reportedly posted derogatory remarks against actors Shivarajkumar, ‘Duniya’ Vijay, Ragini Dwivedi and Darshan. He was advised by his friends not to post such messages but he did not heed their advice.
He was caught by a group of people after he reached college on Saturday afternoon and was given a ‘public thrashing’. He later apologised to the assailants and fled. Girinagar police reached the spot after the incident took place.
No case was registered by either Santosh or the group.
Sandeep Parswanath, president of Bengaluru-based Samanya Kannadiga, a pro-Kannada group, told Newsminute, “After the locals tracked him down to Girinagar, they should have informed the police about it. It is important to convey the message that posting anything derogatory on this issue will not go unattended,” Sandeep said.
The Supreme Court directive to Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water for 10 days to Tamil Nadu has sparked widespread agitation in the state. A state-wide bandh was observed in Karnataka over the issue on Friday. Numerous Kannada organisations took to the streets to protest against the Supreme Court order.
The hashtag #WeHateKarnataka started trending on Twitter with several criticising the state for its reluctance in sharing water with neighbouring Tamil Nadu.