Karnataka

Hindutva activists assault two Assamese youths



A group of Hindutva activists allegedly assaulted two youths from Assam after calling them “terrorists from Bangladesh” near Alduru in Chikkamagaluru taluk on Monday evening. One of the youths, Ohijul Sikdar (32), was seriously injured. The gang of 10 activists allegedly pushed him, and hit his head, back and limbs. He was lying on the road unconscious by the time police reached the spot.

The police rushed him to the government hospital in Alduru and later to the district hospital in Chikkamagaluru, where he is said to be recovering. The incident happened around 8.30 p.m. when around 60 people, including a few children, from Assam, all hired by various estates as plantation workers, reached Alduru town in a private bus.

The workers from Assam had reached Bengaluru by train. As there was no KSRTC service on the day, they hired a private bus to reach Alduru. As they were walking towards their respective estates, a group of Hindutva activists stopped them and asked them go back to their native land. They allegedly called them “terrorists from Bangladesh” and said they should no longer work in Chikkamagaluru. They picked up an argument with two of them and beat them up, according to the complaint registered in Alduru Police Station.

Arrested

According to the police only Ohijul Sikdar was seriously injured, while another person identified as Tamsorali had no injury marks or experienced pain and felt no need of medication. Following the incident, Alduru police registered a case on charges of attempt to murder and rioting against 10 people.

Six of the accused were arrested by Tuesday morning. The arrested are Tejas, Sharat, Shivakumar, Manu Kumar, Rohit and Sudarshan. “Four other accused are absconding,” said K. Santosh Babu, Chikkamagaluru Superintendent of Police.

The officer said as per the complaint, the Hindutva group activists demanded the workers go back to their native place and also called them as Bangladeshi residents. “During the preliminary enquiry all that we could find with the workers were their electoral photo identity cards. We have got copies of the cards from them. We will send them to the authorities concerned in Assam to verify their whereabouts,” he said.

Workers:

Hundreds of workers from Assam have been working in coffee estates of Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu and Hassan districts. Hindutva groups had submitted memoranda to the police alleging that those working in the estates were Bangladesh nationals. The police officers too have held meetings with office-bearers of planters’ associations and estate owners. They have been told to check records of the workers’ identity before employing anybody from out of the State.

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