A 32-year-old activist of the Bajrang Dal, who has allegedly been involved in many cases of attacks on couples from different communities, has been ordered to stay out of Puttur, Sullia and Belthangady taluks. The order has been issued by Assistant Commissioner of Puttur Sub-Division K.V. Rajendra.
Mr. Rajendra passed the order to extern Dhanya Kumar based on a requisition made by the Puttur Town Police.
According to the police, Mr. Dhanya Kumar was allegedly involved in many cases of ‘moral policing’ reported in Puttur and neighbouring areas.
He was among the group of Bajrang Dal activists who trespassed into a theatre and forced the owner to stop screening of Shahrukh Khan’s Hindi film Dilwale in Puttur in December last year.
Superintendent of Police Sharanappa S.D. said that Mr. Dhanya Kumar, a native of Kadaba, had been accused of disturbing peace and tranquillity in the region. He was also involved in cases of rioting. The police had filed an application before the Assistant Commissioner seeking externment of Mr. Dhanya Kumar from Puttur Revenue Sub-Division under Section 63 of the Karnataka Police Act. They had also sought externment of Peter, a person involved in theft cases, who died on February 15 after he was assaulted by people when he was caught red-handed.
Mr. Rajendra allowed the application of the police and passed the order of his externment on March 2. Following the order, Mr. Dhanya Kumar has been asked to voluntarily move out of the three taluks. He has reportedly filed an appeal questioning the externment order.
Dhanya Kumar was allegedly involved in many cases of ‘moral policing’ in Puttur