The Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district units of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike have demanded a probe into the arrest of some persons in Bangalore and Hubli for being involved in an alleged terror plot.
Addressing presspersons in Udupi on Friday, president of Udupi district unit of KKSV G. Rajashekhar said that such a probe should be conducted by efficient police officers with a secular outlook. If the suspected terrorists were proved to be real terrorists, they should be punished.
The selective leaks by the police department about the alleged terror plot were being projected in a colourful manner by a section of the media. There was a grave danger that such reporting would affect the legal process.
Mr. Rajashekhar said that till the court declared the accused as criminals, they should be considered as innocent persons and the media should not portray the suspects as terrorists. The reporting was such that it was casting aspersions on a particular community. All these tendencies should be avoided by the media. Even the most corrupt politicians said that they were innocent till they were proven guilty.
The police department should not make selective leak of news of the probe. The police officers should see to it that the alleged terror case was not misused to suit the agenda of communal forces, he said. The BJP Government was using this issue to divert the attention of the people from the numerous scams in which it was involved, he said.
It was trying to create an atmosphere of fear among people so as to increase communal hatred, Mr. Rajashekhar said.