Human rights associations to take out rally tomorrow

3 books to be released at public meet

Federation of Human Rights Organisations of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts will organise a massive rally followed by a public meet condemning the growing communal attacks in the State, on February 10 in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

Speaking to media persons, Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum District President B Suresh Bhat said that in the wake of communal violence incidents in the State including the clash in Uppinangady, Haleyangadi incident, the forum with like minded organisations will stage the rally and the public meet. The rally will start from Ambedkar Circle at 3 pm and will reach the Deputy Commissioner’s office where a public meeting will be held.

Victim of Surathkal attack Jason D’Costa will inaugurate the rally. Three books will be released at the public meet namely Kannada version of Justice M F Saldanha’s enquiry report on Church attacks - “State Terrorism-Tyranny,” “Communal Violence Bill-Why it is a must?” (in Kannada) by G Rajashekar, Shivasunder and Fakir Mohammed Katpady and “Saffron Terrorism” (in Kannada) authored by B Suresh Bhat.

Bhat also informed that the Forum has written a letter to the Inspector General of Police (Western Range) and to the Police Superintendent seeking action against the culprits.
In the memorandum submitted to the SP, they have questioned the presence of RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat at the inaugural function of the new office building of the Police Commissionerate.

Prabhakar Bhat of late grabbed the headlines for making hate speech against the minority community.

“The incident has only served to reinforce the widespread belief that there are different sets of rules for different people as far as twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are concerned,” states the letter.

In the memorandum they have demanded the SP to file a case under IPC section 153B against Prabhakar Bhat.

A charge sheet should be filed against him after the through investigation of all his previous prejudicial activities and a non bailable warrant should be issued, demands the memorandum.  

Suresh Bhat also said that in a letter they have submitted to the Governor, they have asked to take action against the saffronisation of text books and to expatriate Kalladka Bhat.

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