Bajrang Dal men arrested for heckling students for ‘being in company of Muslims’ in Mangaluru

Bajrang Dal members heckling a group of medical students in Mangaluru. | Divya Cutinho/Twitter screengrab

Six Bajrang Dal members have been arrested Tuesday in Karnataka’s Mangaluru city for heckling a group of medical students “for being in the company of Muslim youngsters.”

The incident took place on Sunday evening when six students of KS Hegde Medical College were driving back from a trip to Malpe Beach in Udupi district, The New Indian Express reported. The Bajrang Dal members intercepted the car near a toll plaza in Surathkal area of Mangaluru and heckled the students.

The Hindutva men questioned the women for ‘being in the company of Muslim youngsters’. The eyewitnesses said that they also tried to assault the students. 

Traffic inspector Sharif, who was at the spot, intervened and stopped the activists from harming the students, according to the newspaper.

The arrested men have been identified as Preetham Shetty, Bajrang Dal district Pramukh, Arshith, Bajrang Dal Prakhand Pramukh Surathkal, Srinivas, Rakesh, and Abhishek and have been booked under Sections 341 (wrongful restraintment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (provoking by intentionally insulting) of the Indian Penal Code.