Staff Correspondent

Udupi: The Janapara Vedike on Saturday demanded a thorough probe into what they described as inaction by various authorities over the 19 murders allegedly committed by Kanyana Mohan Kumar, who was arrested in Mangalore on October 21.

In a memorandum addressed to Governor Rameshwar Thakur submitted at the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, vedike convener Sriram Divana stated that 18 of the murdered belonged to the Scheduled Caste, and one belonged to the Scheduled Tribes. When these women were reported missing, the police should have sprung into action. Later, when these women were found dead under suspicious circumstances, the police should have investigated properly. But they did not do so. Hence action should be taken against the police officers concerned.

The vedike has sent memorandums to the SHRC and State Women’s Commission.