PFI activists caned for pelting cops with stones

PFI activists caned for pelting cops with stones

The police resorted to lathi charge to disperse PFI activists who attempted to lay siege to the police commissioner’s office here on Tuesday, in protest against the ‘police atrocity’ on a youth arrested recently. The police have detained 98 activists. As many as 11 police officers, including two ACPs, were injured when the activists threw stones. The police have registered three cases against all the 98 activists.

Over 500 activists resorted to protest at around 10.30 am in front of the Police Commissioner’s office. They were protesting against the reported police atrocity on Ahmed Qureshi, a resident of Katipalla, who was arrested on March 27 in connection with the murder of Prakash Poojary in Suratkal police station jurisdiction. 

Eleven police personnel, including two ACPs Shruthi and Uday Nayak and one inspector, were injured in stone pelting and manhandling by PFI activists.

As the activists had not taken permission for holding the protest, the police asked them to leave. However, when they tried to lay siege to the police commissioner’s office and pelted the government buildings with stones, the police resorted to lathi charge, said DCP (Law and Order) K M Shantharaju.

The protesters were demanding that action be taken against the police for assaulting Qureshi who was arrested on March 27 and investigation conducted into the entire incident.

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