Mangaluru: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at several places throughout the City on the morning of Thursday September 22.
The raids began at the same time at around 3.30 am at locations linked to PFI and SDPI, including the Kavoor, Bajpe, State Bank, and Kulai areas.
According to sources, the NIA detained over 60 activists amid protests.
The raid was held under heavy security.
As soon as the raids began under heavy police security cover at the head office of the SDPI on Nellikai Road in Mangaluru, hundreds of workers of SDPI gathered at the spot and demanded that the NIA should stop the raids. They also raised ‘go back’ NIA slogans.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner N. Shashikumar rushed to the spot with additional force. After the protesting group failed to get convinced, the police cracked down on the group and took more than 60 into custody and dispersed the crowd.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Shashikumar appealed for the people not to heed to news being circulated on social media. “We are vigilant on messages that are being spread to create confusion.
The raids are being conducted in the backdrop of the murder of BJP Yuva Morcha activist Praveen Kumar Nettare near Mangaluru recently. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Home Minister Araga Jnanendra have repeatedly stated that they will go to the roots of the well-oiled network which is indulging in hacking Hindu activists to death.
Inputs from IANS