Mangalore: Police to probe moral policing act
Posted on: 12:18 PM IST Jul 29, 2012
Bangalore: Taking a serious view of the moral policing act in which activists of a Hindu outfit assaulted girls and boys at a private home-stay in Mangalore, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on Sunday rushed a top police official to probe the incident, which has triggered protests.
As the attack in which about a dozen girls and boys were targeted by a 50-member group, suspected to be members of 'Hindu Jagaran Vedike', came as an embarrassment with opposition parties flaying it, the government has asked ADGP (Law and Order) Bipin Gopalkrishna to visit Mangalore to get first hand information about the incident.
The activists on Saturday raided the home-stay at Padieelu, about five km from Mangalore, alleging that a rave party was being held there and assaulted girls and boys, injuring them. Police sources said Gopalkrishna will visit the home-stay where the incident took place.
Twenty persons were taken into custody on Saturday in connection with the incident which sparked off protests by various groups both in support of and against the outfit, forcing police to use mild lathicharge to disperse the agitators.
This is the second incident of moral policing in Mangalore after the January 24, 2009 attack on a pub by right wing organisation Srirama Sene.
The incident caused embarrassment to the BJP government as opposition party leaders targeted it for its 'failure' to check pro-Hindu activists and their moral policing.