Eight persons have been arrested in connection with the attack on young men and women at a homestay allegedly by activists of a Hindu fundamentalist group in an act of moral policing, as the Karnataka government on Sunday said no one would be spared for the “inhuman act”, which has sparked public outrage.
The state government rushed a top police official and imposed prohibitory orders in Mangalore, where the suspected activists of Hindu Jagarane Vedike activists carried out the attack on Saturday night alleging that it was a rave party at the homestay, where illegal activities were going on.
As the moral policing act came under attack targeting the BJP government, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar held a meeting in Bangalore with Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R. Ashok and reviewed the situation.
Eight persons had been arrested for the attack, Mr. Shettar said, adding “Government has taken the incident very seriously. No body will be allowed to take law into their hands.”
He said police had been directed to arrest the other culprits immediately and take stringent action against them. “It is an inhuman act,” Mr. Ashok said warning that the government would not tolerate such attacks.
ADGP Bipin Gopalakrishna, who arrived in Mangalore for an on the spot study of the incident and initiate further action, visited the homestay, as authorities clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC as a precautionary measure in the wake of planned protests by some organisations.
Mr. Gopalakrishna said police had been viewing the video clippings of the attack aired by private TV channels to identity the culprits all of whom would be nabbed.
Several activists of Hindu Jagarane Vedike were taken into custody in Mangalore when they staged a protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office condemning the arrests of the outfit’s members.
The protestors justified the attack on the girls and boys at the homestay, saying it was to ‘protect culture’.
Mangalore Police Commissioner Seemant Kumar Singh said the homestay was being operated without licence.