MANGALORE : An eight member gang of assailants which attacked the Jaya Kirana office at Bejai in Mangalore on Tuesday night reportedly opposing the abusive write-ups published by the daily against the Muslim community. The masked assailants who barged into the office at around 9.30 pm damaged the computer, window panes and other furnitures and even attempted to attack the newspaper staff.
Six computers and a printer have been damaged in the attack. Though the assailants had tried to hurl petrol filled sachets towards the computer, luckily they did not burst. Later the gang left the place after abusing and warning the newspaper personnel.
It is learnt, the assailants had come by bikes and autorickshaws. While some had covered their face, others were wearing helmets.
Sources revealed that the assailants warned the Jaya Kirana ‘not to publish anti-people write-ups and also not to publish news pertaining to atrocities on Dalits, minorities and backward classes by twisting facts.’
What might be the reason? If the publishing of the controversial write-up was the reason for the attack on Kannada Prabha office, it is believed that publishing of anti-minority articles since the very beginning might have triggered the attack on Jaya Kirana. In many cases of moral policing, the Jaya Kirana used to report as if to convey the message that the minority community student who moves along with his female classmates, was itself at fault. It may be recalled here that even the report on moral policing published by the PUCL had mentioned that the baseless reports published by Jayakirana had many a time incited communal feelings.
The attack on the two newspaper offices had taken place within a gap of just 15 minutes. If the Kannada Prabha office was attacked first, the Jaya Kirana office was attacked a little latter. However police suspect the attacks might have taken place simultaneously.