MANGALORE : If the Hindu Jagarana Vedike State Convenor Jagadish Karanth had recently stated that Subhash Padil, the main accused in the Morning Mist Home Stay attack was not a Vedike activist and that the Vedike had nothing to do with the attack, the records in Kankanady police station will reveal that he in fact is a Hindu Jagarana Vedike activist.
Last year, a Mass Satyanarayana Pooja was arranged at Padil under the auspices of Hindu Jagarana Vedike, soon after Subhash Padil had joined the Vedike after defecting from Sri Rama Sena. Then police permission had been sought by the Vedike for the function and the letter submitted by the Vedike had clearly mentioned ‘Subhash Padil, city co-convener.’ The names of many of those arrested in connection with the recent attack, are also mentioned as office bearers of the Vedike.
If this is not suffice, there are several public meetings where Subhash Padil was seen in the company of Satyajit Suratkal of Hindu Jagarana Vedike. Still, the Police department has chosen to shield several leaders in the higher level of hierarchy of the Vedike.
Ban impossible: Though there is a demand to ban Hindu Jagarana Vedike and such other Hindu outfits, in reality a ban would serve no purpose, as these organizations are not officially registered and there are no official records to prove their existence. It is this aspect which helps many leaders like Karanth escape the noose of law, after instigating youngsters from poor families to resort to such acts.
Moreover, past experiences reveal that the ban on Jamaate Islami too has served no purpose with it continuing its operations secretly. Even the Kerala government is raising a hue and cry that the banned SIMI is still functioning in the name of PFI.
Advocate Dinesh Hegde Ulepady says “There should be compulsory registration of all organizations be it caste based or religious organizations. This will put a break to the practice of the leaders escaping the noose of law whenever such incidents take place.”