The Karavali Souharda Sangharsha Samiti — an organisation of like-minded social activists — will hold a protest on Tuesday against the arrest of journalist Naveen Soorinje in connection with the July 28 attack here .
Talking to presspersons here on Saturday, samiti’s general secretary B. Madhava said Naveen Soorinje, a reporter with a Kannada news channel, was the prime witness to the attack. Video recording of the incident and its telecast led the police to catch the persons involved in the incident.
Those fighting for protection of democratic values were pained that Mr. Soorinje had been charged under the same sections as those involved in the attack. Dakshina Kannada Pradesh Congress Committee chief and president of the samiti B. Ramanath Rai said the protest was part of their effort to exert pressure on the government to withdraw the charges against Mr. Soorinje.
“This has to be taken up as a special case and the charges need to be withdrawn,” he said.
Mr. Soorinje was among the 44 persons against whom the Mangalore Rural police filed a charge sheet in connection with the attack. He was arrested on November 7. The police have so far arrested 29 persons. Mr. Soorinje, who has been lodged in the Mangalore district prison, has filed a bail application that will come up for hearing on Tuesday.