Govt still in probe mode

Repeated incidents of moral policing in Mangalore notwithstanding, the BJP government in the State appears shy of taking effective action against organisations such as the Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV). 

 A day after the HJV activists attacked girls at a homestay in Mangalore, the government on Saturday said it was awaiting investigation report.

“No immediate decision on anything can be taken now. I am in touch with the persons concerned, including the Home minister and we are waiting for the investigation,” Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar told Deccan Herald over phone. The chief minister held a meeting in Bangalore with Home Minister R Ashoka and reviewed the situation. The incident is due for discussion in the House on Monday. Lalrokhuma Pachau, DG IGP (concurrent charge), discussing the series of such events in Mangalore over the years said: “I was deputed elsewhere at that time. So I cannot say in what direction we are moving but we can assure that appropriate legal action will be taken.” 

Pachau did not comment when queried that whether his department, in view of similar acts in the past, has made a list of organisations proving deterrents for law and order in the district. 

The HJV, like other similar organisations had raised no commendable objections to the rave party at the St Mary’s Island in Malpe, which caused embarrassment to the government, during a programme sponsored by Tourism Department to promote tourism.

Clifton Rozario, an advocate and advisor to the special commissioners of Supreme Court said: “Some sections of society want to impose on such organisations. But I have been in Mangalore for several years and have witnessed such events. Bans are no solution. There must be criminal proceedings and punitive action.”

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