Mangaluru moral policing: Four Bajrang Dal men held for stabbing youth | Mangaluru News – Times of India
MANGALURU: A 23-year-old man was beaten and stabbed by a vigilante group in the coastal city, for travelling on an overnight bus to Bengaluru with a woman from another community. The woman, who tried to protect her former classmate and friend, was also thrashed.
Late Friday night, four Bajrang Dal members were arrested and booked under IPC sections related to attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty and rioting among others.
Based on the woman’s complaint, an FIR was earlier registered against unidentified assailants at the Kankanady Town police station. The Bajrang Dal denied any role in the stabbing. This is at least the fifth incident of moral policing by vigilantes in Dakshina Kannada in the past two months.
Man asked to alight from bus, attacked
A group of 5-6 vigilantes waylaid the bus at 9.30pm on Thursday near Pumpwell area. The youth and the woman had boarded the bus a little earlier, near the KSRTC stand. “The group arrived in a car and stopped the bus, saying they knew a girl travelling in it and wanted to talk to her,” police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said. “The woman got off the bus and soon, the group asked the man to alight. He was attacked by at least four men and suffered a 4cm cut near his waist. He was rushed to hospital.”
The woman is learned to have told police she and the youth were classmates and were travelling to Bengaluru to explore job options in digital marketing. She told cops she had sought the ex-classmate’s help as he knew Bengaluru well. Police suspect the duo was being watched by the vigilantes for the past few days.
“Several people have been detained and the accused identified. We are in the process of identifying those who encouraged the group to commit the crime by sharing information. We are also looking for those who shot the assault videos,” Kumar said.
Bajrang Dal regional convener Sunil KR said: “A case under IPC Section 307 has been booked against our members. It was not our member who stabbed him. Someone from the crowd assaulted him. Police should book a case against the gang that is operating to target Hindu women.”
Those arrested are Balachandra alias Balu, 28, Dhanush Bhandary, 25, Jaya Prashanth, 27, and Anil Kumar, 38. All four have cases pending against them. Bhandary has four cases pending against him, including one of attempt to murder, police said.
More patrolling at bus stands, railway stations
Mangaluru police will increase patrolling in public places after four incidents of moral policing were reported in the past fortnight. Staff presence will go up at bus, railway stations.