Mangaluru: Claiming that he had no role to play in the recent Circle Inspector Pramodh’s suspension row, and that false allegations have been leveled against him and District in-charge Minister Ramanath Rai, Mangalore North Constituency MLA Moideen Bava said that neither has he ever called the Police Commissioner nor used any other means to suspend the said Circle Inspector.
It may be recalled that Circle Inspector Pramodh attached to Mangaluru Rural police station was reportedly suspended and sent on leave, following which men in Khaki affiliated to various police station and activists from some organisations staged a stir outside Mangaluru Rural Police station on Tuesday evening.
It is said that Pramodh had arrested one Abubakker Siddique, a man accused of attempting to sexually assault a woman during the Ulaibettu clashes and also accused in attempt-to-murder case.
As a repercussion to arrest of Siddique, Pramodh was allegedly suspended and it was said that some local Congress leaders yielded pressure on the top cops. The suspicion pin pointed at Moideen Bava.
However, addressing a news conference on Thursday, Bava said that some locals from Ulaibettu area had met him and said that Siddique has been falsely implicated and that he was innocent.
“Following this, I had called up the DCP (Crime) to know about the issue and directed him not to file a case till the allegations against Siddique are proven. However, by then Siddique was arrested and produced before the court,” he said adding that the cops taking to street over the suspension issue has disturbed democratic set up.
“What was the need to protest. They could have had spoken about the issue to their higher ups,” Bava said, without failing to wage a scathing attack against the right wing activists of politicising the issue just because Siddique hails from minority community.
He said that the protest by the police only reinstated the findings of Cobra Post sting operation, where the RSS leaders had claimed of having RSS trained men in the police department.
Dodging several questions of the media, Bava resorted to rhetoric of ‘if we wanted we would have transferred him long ago, why we would have waited for 8 months.”