Mangaluru: The Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee alleged that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and state home minister Basavaraj Bommai were accountable for the deaths of two people in the Mangaluru police firing.
Condemning the police atrocities, district Congress Committee president Harish Kumar said, “Two people were killed and 11 people were injured in the violence. There was no need to fire at the protesters. The protests in the rest of the country was more intense compared to Mangaluru. No one was killed in other parts of the country even though they gathered in large numbers. In Mangaluru, three hours into the protests there was police firing. It is reminiscent of the British Raj.”
Kumar further alleged that the firing had been pre-planned by the police personnel. “Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said not to harm anyone but the polcie did the opposite. The government has to save the people and not kill them,” he added.
Commenting on the viral video that showed police entering a hospital in Falnir, Kumar said, “Never in Mangaluru’s history, have we witnessed police entering a hospital and indulging in vandalism. Apart from that the police were also seen harassing lone women travellers. Where is the Beti Padhao Beti Bachao campaign?”
The Dakshina Kannada Congress also claimed that police used tear gas inside the hospital premises and barged into the ICU unit as well.
Elaborating on the claim, Youth Congress President Mithun Rai said, “This behaviour affected patients, their caretakers and the nearby residents. The children were the most affected.”
Stating that there had been no need to clamp prohibitory orders across the state, former minister Ramanath Rai likened the firing incident to a “golibar assassination”.