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MAKING A POINT: M.F. Saldanha, former judge of Karnataka High Court, speaking at the conference in Udupi on Monday.
MAKING A POINT: M.F. Saldanha, former judge of Karnataka High Court, speaking at the conference in Udupi on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

’They are detaining innocent people’

Udupi: M.F. Saldanha, former judge of the Karnataka High Court, said on Monday that the State machinery was being used against particular communities in the country.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the conference on “Students voice for brotherhood”, organised by Karnataka State West Zone unit of the Student Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) here.

Mr. Saldanha alleged that the attacks on places of worship in different parts of the State in September 2008 were carried out by certain organisations with the backing of the police. The police were detaining innocent people on the basis of shoddy investigations, which was wrong.

“The first duty of any elected Government is to protect all people.Violence is not the answer to violence. We want to meet violence with peace and goodwill,” he said.

President of all India unit of SIO K.K. Suhail said that although India was known for tolerance, in the last few years some forces had made deliberate attempts to create communal and ethnic polarisation. The SIO did not want States being created on ethnic and narrow considerations, he said.

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