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Mangaluru police register case against Muslims offering prayer on road in front of mosque

The Mangaluru City Police on Wednesday took a suo motu case against unidentified persons who offered Friday prayer on a public road in front of a mosque at Kankanady in Mangaluru city. The case was registered after a video of the incident had gone viral, drawing anger from the right-wing groups.

The case is registered under various sections of the IPC related to wrongful restraint, obstructing public way, unlawful assembly etc. The Friday congregational prayers caused traffic disruption for some time and many vehicles were forced to take alternative routes.

A statement from Mangaluru City Police Commissioner Anupam Agarwal said an investigation into the incident on May 24 is underway.

Former minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa demanded the immediate arrest of those who offered namaz on the public road. Eshwarappa said, “The Hindu society has awakened and not taking action against such incidents could lead to riots”.

The police have booked a case against unknown people under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 143 (unlawful assembly) and 149 (common object of members of an unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.

After the video went viral, right-wing organisations threatened to hold Hanuman Chalisa recitations on public roads. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad condemned the act of offering prayer in a public place. Its leader Sharan Pumpwell warned that the outfit would conduct mass Hanuman Chalisa recitations at the same place. A memorandum seeking action was also submitted to the police.

Former BJP minister K S Eshwarappa said that Hindu society would not tolerate such activities and that any inaction by the police could lead to riots.


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