Videos with ‘changed context’ being shared, says Mangaluru police chief


A day after former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy released 35 video clips of the December 19 violence in Mangaluru that left two killed in police firing, Police Commissioner P.S. Harsha said that some clips and pictures were being shared with their sequence and context changed.

While not directly referring to the clips released by Mr. Kumaraswamy, Dr. Harsha, in a video message, said, “Truth can be deciphered only when these visuals are examined in their proper sequence and context.” He said the police had brought in peace and order when a group assembled unlawfully, violating prohibitory orders, and resorted to violence. He added that the police would submit all evidence to the authorities investigating the matter.

On Friday, Mr. Kumaraswamy disputed the videos posted by the police earlier on their official Facebook page. He presented 35 clips as a counter, alleging that the police had exacerbated the situation. He also demanded the resignation of Dr. Harsha.

Meanwhile, a war of words continued in political circles on Saturday. Echoing the response of Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and other BJP leaders to these videos, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K.S. Eshwarappa termed the clips “cut and paste videos”, released to stoke trouble. “It is clear that the violence was orchestrated by a group. Mr. Kumaraswamy and Congress leader Siddaramaiah must stop supporting these anti-national elements and desist from [indulging in] vote-bank politics,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kumaraswamy hit back at BJP leaders in a series of tweets. “I had predicted in my press conference that dismissing the videos would be the response of BJP leaders. Does the Chief Minister have the courage to get the videos I released forensically examined?” he asked. Responding to criticism that he was disturbing peace by releasing these videos, he tweeted, “Does stifling all dissenting voices, creating a suffocating environment, amount to peace?”

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