Arson at Uppinangady police station, nine people injured

Hundreds of PFI activists gathered outside to demand the release of suspects in assault case

As many as nine policemen, including Puttur’s Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gana P. Kumar, were injured on December 14 when hundreds of Indian Popular Front (PFI) activists rampaged outside the Uppinangady police station. to demand the release of those arrested in connection with an assault case in Dakshina Kannada district.

Police Commissioner Rishikesh Sonawane said the town of Uppinangady witnessed group clashes, which turned into community clashes, last week. “The PFI activists did not have to besiege the police station because there are courts to decide on the action of the police [of earlier arrests],” he said The hindu.

A statement from DK police in Mangaluru said PFI activists began to gather outside the post since the morning of December 14 after their colleagues Mohammed Zakaria, Mustafa and Hamid were called in for questioning for the assault. of December 6 against two fish sellers in the city. On the night of December 13, police arrested Mohammed Sinan. Based on the information provided by him, they summoned the other people allegedly involved in the attack.

The attack on December 6 was in retaliation for an attack on a group of people in the village of Ilanthila near Uppinangady on December 5. Police arrested Jayaram and a few others for the December 5 attack.

PFI activists defied repeated warnings not to assemble outside the police station and shouted slogans demanding the release of the defendants. When the police released Hamid in the afternoon, PFI activists staged a victory march in front of the police station and in the town of Uppinangady before regrouping outside the station to demand the release of the others. They were joined by cadres from Puttur, Bantwala and Belthangady, who shouted slogans against the police and allegedly tried to enter the police station armed with sharp weapons. When Deputy Inspector Omana and other police officers attempted to arrest them, they were allegedly assaulted by the activists.

The police used canes to disperse the crowd. In response, according to police, some of the activists took out weapons and empty soda bottles from an ambulance parked nearby and attacked them. Bantwala PSI Prasanna Kumar was stabbed in the palm while DySP Gana P. Kumar was stabbed with stones. The activists then retreated to a nearby mosque while continuing to throw stones, damage vehicles and other public property.

Other injured police officers include Circle Inspector Umesh Uppalike, PSI Omana, Kiran Kumar, Renuka, Sharief Nadaf, Sheshadri and Harish, according to a police statement.

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