Daijiworld Multimedia Network – Udupi (SP)
Udupi, March 1: Francis Almeida, an electrician by profession who also has a dairy business, said he gave a free calf to a friend, Muhammed Ibrahim from Gangolli. He alleged that Gangolli Police Sub-Inspector Nanja Naik pressured him to file a statement accusing Ibrahim of stealing his cow. “I did not accept his suggestion. Therefore, he filed a false complaint against me and put me behind bars. As he inflicted an injustice on me, I will register a complaint against Deputy Inspector Nanja Naik,” Almeida said.
He was addressing a press conference held here on Monday, February 28. He said he gave a calf from his cow to Ibrahim for free in December to raise. “He built a barn and looked after it. On December 26, Nanja Naik and staff came to Ibrahim’s residence and questioned him about the calf,” Francis said.
“In the evening, the police summoned me and Ibrahim to go to the Gangolli police station,” he explained.
Francis Almeida said he was questioned by police about the calf and told them he had voluntarily given it to Ibrahim. “At 11 p.m. that day, the police visited Ibrahim’s house and brought the calf to the police station. At 2 a.m., I was sent home. The next day, the police took Ibrahim away near Monki’s cross and asked him to start running after him as he got out of the jeep, they pointed the gun at his temple and ordered him to run, so they could kill him in an encounter, but Ibrahim didn’t run away,” Francis said.
Francis said the police asked him to bring the calf which was at the police station at the location above. “When I arrived there with the calf, some Bajrang Dal activists were present. They took a photo of the calf and projected as if Ibrahim had stolen the calf. I was then sent home. A month later , the police called me at and asked me to sign a letter stating that I had not sold the calf to Ibrahim. I refused. Angered by this, I was arrested on February 18. I I was in jail and was released on bail on February 21. The police committed atrocities on me,” Francis alleged.
Sabina, daughter of Francis, and her sister-in-law Prameela, were present at the press conference.