'We are being ostracised'

Somasekhara Commission of Inquiry in Mangalore


Mabel Veigas (43), a housewife from Vitla, in her affidavit said that her house was attacked by miscreants. She said that prior to the incident, they led a harmonious life with people from other religion but after the incident there is a sense of suspicion that has cropped up between them.

“After the incident, no Hindus come to our fields as farm workers. There are a group of people who see to it that no Hindus work for us. We feel as though we are being ostracised because we are from the other religion,” she said and added that in the present prevailing situation, she and her family are finding it difficult to make a living in the village.

Similarly, about 13 witnesses deposed before JBKSCOI Legal Advisor Justice Raviprakash.
The pace of the sitting exceeded his expectation as 80 people were summoned for chief examination of which 59 have been verified.

Notice was not served to 14 people. Since only three more witnesses were left to be verified, Justice Raviprakash said that the said witnesses will be verified during the next set of verification.

He said that Justice B K Somasekhara will decide as to how many persons need cross verification in this regard.

Justice Raviprakash informed that police will be enquired separately some time soon in Bangalore.

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