An 18-year-old boy from Puttur taluk on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Urwa Police that he had been asked to change his “jaati” (caste).

Nitin Poojary (18) from Nelliyadi has registered a complaint against Jillu, an acquaintance, claiming that the latter tried to force him (Nitin) to get converted.

He said he was taken by the accused from his workplace in Kankanady on Tuesday morning to the house of the accused in Ashoknagar.

There, Nitin was told to “join the jaati” of the accused.

Asked whether the accused had mentioned religion or spoken to him about it, Nitin denied it. He added that he had not been made to read anything.

Assaulted

Nitin said when he refused, he was beaten up, and kept overnight in the house of the accused.

The next morning he managed to escape and contact his parents, Nitin said.

Commissioner of Police Seemant Kumar Singh said that one person had been named in the FIR, and the police was “not in a position to pinpoint exactly what happened”. A case has been registered against the accused on charges of robbery, kidnapping, illegal confinement, life threat and creating enmity between religious groups.

Jagadish Shenava, lawyer for the Bajrang Dal who was present at the police station, demanded that the police and the State Government find out which community the accused belonged to and the source of funding for such activities.

Corporator Amrita Kala was present.