The Social Democratic Party of India’s (SDPI) Dakshina Kannada unit criticised the Congress government for the delay in arresting persons accused of making speeches that hurt religious sentiments.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, SDPI District unit president Abubakar Kulai said there was definite proof that speeches of RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat and orator Chakravarti Sulibele at a function in Gurupura, near Mangalore, on January 5 were derogatory in nature. Mr. Bhat and Mr. Sulibele have hurt religious sentiments of the minority community. “Mohammed Usman, our activist, who filed a complaint, has given recording of the speeches in the function to the police. Moreover, the police have also recorded the speeches.” Yet, no action had been taken to arrest the two persons, he said.

Mr. Kulai said there was no truth in the complaint accusing Mr. Usman of filing a false case.

It was unfortunate that the Congress activists carried out a protest in Gurupura on January 12 for the delay in arresting Mr. Bhat and Mr. Sulibele when their own government was in power. Senior Congress leader B. Janardhan Poojary has unnecessarily dragged the name of the SDPI for the protest during his speech on January 12 when it had actually been done by the Congress activists, Mr. Kulai said. He said as elections were nearing there was an increase in the activities of groups disturbing peace in DK.

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