20 detained for attack on homestay in Mangalore

An embarrassed BJP government said no one would be spared for the “inhuman act”,which has sparked public outrage

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: July 30, 2012 3:58:06 am

The Mangalore police have detained 20 persons in connection with the Saturday night attack on young boys and girls by a group claiming affiliation to the right wing Hindu Jagran Vedike. The 40-odd attackers had gatecrashed into a party hosted at Morning Mist,a homestay facility in the city,around 7.30 pm and assaulted 14 persons,including five girls.

An embarrassed BJP government said no one would be spared for the “inhuman act”,which has sparked public outrage.

The act was recorded by at least three local TV channels,which had accompanied the mob that raided the homestay. Visual telecast on TV showed the mob groping the girls and beating up the boys who resisted the attack.

Hindu Jagran Vedike leader Subhash claimed that the attack was carried out because locals had reported that a rave party was going on at Morning Mist. Local councillor Mohan Padhil supported the claim,and also the attack. Subhash and the councillor were among the 20 people detained.

“It was a birthday party and there was no music being played. It was not a rave party. These days youths cannot even celebrate a birthday without the fear of being attacked by the moral police,” said one of the boys present at the party.

Karnataka Home Minister R Ashok said the police would not tolerate people taking law into their own hands. The state government rushed ADGP Bipin Gopalakrishna to take stock of the situation and initiate further action.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar held a meeting with R Ashok and reviewed the situation. “The government has taken the incident very seriously. Nobody will be allowed to take law into their hands,” he said,adding the police had been directed to arrest the other culprits immediately. — With PTI

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