Mangaluru police arrested two people in connection with graffiti written in support of Islamic terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban in different parts of the city last week.
According to reports, Mangaluru police arrested two culprits identified as Mohammad Shaarik and Maz Munir Ahmed, both from Theerthahalli.
22-year-old Mohammed Shaarik (22) graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and runs a clothing store in Theerthhalli. Another accused, Maz Munir Ahmed, is currently studying B.Tech at a private college in Mangaluru. Defendant Munir Ahmed worked as an online food delivery agent in Mangaluru, police said.
Previously, media reported that Kadri police arrested a person named Nazeer Mohammad in connection with the case. Nazeer Mohammad was also reported to an online food delivery agent. However, the police later denied such an arrest.
The accused committed a crime to get publicity
Speaking to the media, Mangaluru Police Commissioner Vikash Kumar noted that the accused committed such a crime to gain publicity. He added that the two defendants painted the graffiti on the road to the court three weeks before writing on the walls of Bejai.
“The graffiti on the courtyard road was written in Urdu but in English, but the graffiti went unnoticed because people here couldn’t understand the language. The two defendants then decided to write on the Bejai wall of an apartment to advertise, ”he added.
The police commissioner said the defendants had been traced on the basis of their networks. He added that the two defendants will bring them to court to request custody and that a further investigation will be carried out.
“We will also find out if they have any links with organizations,” said the commissioner.
Graffiti hailing Islamic terror and threatening non-Muslims spotted in Mangaluru
In a horrific incident last week, two graffiti – one saluting radical Islamist terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban and another threatening non-Muslims, were spotted on the route route to Mangaluru, Karnataka.
On November 26, the anniversary of the appalling terrorist attacks of 2008, the first graffiti threatening to bring aid from Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Taliban to eliminate “Sanghis” and “Manuvadis” was spotted by residents.
The graffiti read: “Do not force us to invite Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban to deal with the Sanghis and the Manvedis (Manuvadis)”. Further on, in the corner, a hashtag is painted with the words “Lashkar Zindabad”. A case was subsequently registered at the Kadri police station under article 153 and other articles relating to the destruction of public property.
Mangaluru: Graffiti supporting the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Taliban terrorist groups seen in Kadri earlier (photo 1 and 2), now covered (photo 3).
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Two days later, another disturbing graffiti was spotted in the city. The inscription was found outside a former police station at the courthouse in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
“Gustak-e-Rasool ki ek hi saza, sar tan said juda (The only punishment for insulting the Prophet Muhammad is beheading) ”, we can read on the graffiti.
Another graffiti in Mangalore. First, they invited “LeT to deal with the Sanghis” and now “Gusthak e Rasool ki ek hi Saza, Sar Tan se Judah”. pic.twitter.com/aBPPkkjPCQ
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The graffiti incident in Mangaluru had caused a tense situation in the port city of Karnataka.