As Mangaluru witnessed two police killings following protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Thursday, Muslim leaders, relatives and neighbors of victims called for a judicial probe into the incidents.
Speaking to media persons, Muslim leaders demanded a judicial inquiry into deaths.
Naushin, 23 and Abdul Jalil Kudroli, 49 were killed in police firing on Thursday.
Umar UH, president of Muslim Writers’ Association, said that people have the right protest peacefully. He claimed that Thursday’s firing was ‘pre-planned golibar’, The Hindu reports.
He urged that the government initiate a judicial inquiry in this matter.
Popular Front of India leader Ashraf K said that there are standard operating procedures before firing on a violent crowd. He alleged that police did not follow that. Apart from two deaths, six persons are seriously injured, he told media.
The government should also announce compensation to the families of the victims, he added.
Mohammed Yahya, brother of Abdul Jalil Kudroli, one of the victims, said that his brother was working in Old Mangaluru Port area as a supervisor in fisheries harbour. His brother had come out from his home when he heard about the protests. He was hit in the eye by a bullet in the police firing, he told The Hindu.
“He was on the road waiting for his children to return. When he was standing there, he was shot due to the police firing,” Mohammed Arshad, Jalil’s neighbour and friend told TNM.
“There was nothing Abdul could do. There was no need to open fire. There were a few people arguing with the police. Why did police open fire?” Jalil’s friend asked.
“What kind of a world is this?” said Naushin’s mother Mumtaz, as she waited at her rented home in the Kudroli area for the body of her youngest son to be released by the police, Indian Express reports.
“He worked as a welder in the Bunder area. Yesterday he came home for lunch, like he did everyday, and then left again for work. He did not even eat properly. The next thing we heard was that he had been shot in police firing. He did not even participate in the protests,” Mumtaz said.
“Was there a need to escalate from lathi charge and tear gas to shooting bullets?” Naushin’s friend repeats the same question.
Muslim Central Committee of Mangaluru had met on December 18 and decided to observe protest against the CAA on December 28.
Earlier in the day, K Harish Kumar, president of Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee and MLC, alleged that police had burst teargas shells inside the hospital where the injured persons were admitted.