MANGALORE : Activists of a Hindu organization, in a case of mistaken identity,
thrashed a Hindu youth seated next to a young lady in a bus, after concluding that he was
a Muslim, at Pumpwell in the city on the night of September 21. Tuesday.
It is learnt, the young woman from Manipur, had arrived at the Karavali Circle bus stand
at Pumpwell to board a Bangalore bound bus. A classmate of her who happens to be a
Muslim had also accompanied her and had helped her with her luggage.
Meanwhile, the Hindu organizations which gathered news that a Muslim youth was
accompanying a Hindu girl, followed the two who were unaware of the same. When
the organization was busy gathering its members, the Muslim youth had left the place
after helping the woman. Meanwhile around 12 Hindu activists boarded the bus and took
everyone unawares when they caught hold of a Hindu youth who was found seated next
to the girl, beat him up black and blue and did not hear him despite him pleading that he
had nothing to do with the woman. The youth who was badly bruised was admitted to a
hospital by locals. Meanwhile, the police who arrived at the scene also reportedly did not
bother about the young man who was injured.
However locals revealed that the assailants were members of a Hindu organization.
A resident of a nearby Dalit colony also said “The men who were in the group were
the ones who were instigating violence in the name of religion and were Bhajrangdal
Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh who confirmed that such an incident has
taken place, said so far no one has lodged any complaint. Even the young woman, he
said, had left for Bangalore and that the police were trying to contact her and get her
lodge a complaint.
Sharan Pumpwell, District President of Bhajrangdal when contacted clarified by saying “
Our organization has nothing to do with the incident.”