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Mangaluru: Fearing ban, PFI spreading rumours of Qureshi's torture, says cop


Abhijith Kolpe
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Apr 14: The recent police lathi charge on the activists of Popular Front of India (PFI) brought Mangaluru into news once again for the wrong reasons. The incident drew widespread condemnation from a few quarters. While PFI activists claimed the harassment of an accused in police custody, police officials said that the agitated protestors pelted stones at the police commissioner's office and at the cops injuring several police personnel, which resulted in lathi charge.

According to superintendent of Wenlock Hospital Rajeshwari Devi, the accused, Ahmed Qureshi, was treated well by the team of doctors. He was also under dialysis as there was slight fluctuation in the functioning of his kidneys. Qureshi was later shifted to private hospital on the court's order. He has now been discharged and taken into custody again.


The incident

Tension surfaced on April 4 near AB Shetty Circle in the city when PFI activists who had gathered demanding justice to Ahmed Qureshi, who was arrested by the police in connection with the murder attempt on BJP activist Prakash Poojary (in Suratkal).

The agitators were stopped by the police, apparently as they had not sought prior permission to stage their protest. The protestors also tried to lay siege to the police commissioner's office. Not heeding to the police orders to withdraw the protest, the activists allegedly started pelting stones at vehicles. Police had to resort to lathi charge to control the violent mob.


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As many as 12 police personnel and five protesters suffered injuries, apart from injuries sustained by the activists. Ninety-eight PFI activists were detained.

The activists alleged that Qureshi was tortured in police custody, and claimed that his kidney was damaged as a result.


Why lathi charge

A senior police officer who preferred to be anonymous said, "Any organisation while holding a protest has to first obbtain necessary permission from the jurisdiction. It should also state its agenda for the protest along with the total strength and the duration. That helps police to plan accordingly to provide security to general public and keep a check on the law and order. The police are not against anyone. Everyone has the right to protest. It is always good as long as it is peaceful.

"There was a Ram Navami programme organised by a Hindu organisation at Nehru Maidan on the same day. Police were concerned about that too. PFI activists at the same time came in large numbers from three directions, Rao and Rao Circle, A B Shetty Circle and Police circle, and assembled in front of the commissioner's office. Motorists and general public were put into trouble. All we did was stop the activists from creating more trouble. They also pelted stones at buses and tried to damage public property. Police personnel were injured. Their arrival from three directions proves that they planned their protest with the sole purpose of creating tension," the police officer said.


On Ahmed Qureshi's alleged torture

"PFI is blaming the police unnecessarily. When Ahmed Qureshi was produced before the magistrate, he did not reveal anything about the alleged atrocities of police. From other reliable sources, we found that he had some health issues. He was taken to government Wenlock Hospital for medication.

"Even after he was admitted to a private hospital following an affidavit from the family, he did not speak anything about the alleged atrocities. On March 31, that was four days after he was admitted, he revealed that he was tortured in police custody. A conspiracy was hatched to put the blame on police for Qureshi's kidney failure. Atrocities can never be the reason for kidney failure. It is impossible," the officer said.


"PFI spreading rumours"

The police officer further said that the PFI was spreading rumours. "If PFI was concerned about Qureshi, it should have discussed the issue with the police commissioner, submitted a memorandum and get the enquiry done. Instead, they (PFI) are spreading false propaganda with the help of social media. They are claiming that Qureshi is innocent. For their information, Qureshi is a repeat offender and is involved in two attempt-to-murder cases. In 2014, he attacked Sudharshan and Prakash Poojary with lethal weapons at Suratkal."


"PFI fearing ban"

The police officer also expressed suspicions that the PFI had created this issue fearing ban on the organization. "Another person, Khader Kulai, who is also the president of PFI Suratkal block, was also involved in the assault and is absconding ever since the crime took place. As Khader Kulai is a PFI representative, there could be a ban on the organisation. Fearing the ban, the activists are defending Qureshi and trying to create problems. Khader Kulai is the conspirator and facilitator behind this.

"PFI steps in only to defend culprits and trigger riots. This is not the first time they are supporting a criminal. In 2016, they had supported Safiulla, one of the accused in the Charan murder case at Vamanjoor. Who are they to decide if someone is innocent? There is court to give justice. PFI involves in such situations for political or financial gains. They were not known earlier, but the lathi charge incident gave them so much publicity," he said.

"Prakash Poojary who was attacked with lethal weapons, survived miraculously. He was economically poor and was finding it difficult to pay for his treatment. Today he is leading his life with great difficulty. Prakash was going for lunch after his work when he was brutally attacked. Does he not have human rights? Does he not deserve justice?" the officer said.


"Attack on ASI Aithappa a retaliation"

The officer said that the attack on ASI Aithappa of Urwa police station was a retaliation for the lathi charge on the PFI activists. "It was a retaliation for the lathi charge done on PFI activists. The attackers were trying to target the senior CCB police. As the protestors were confined to Urwa police station, they found ASI Aithappa who was taking rounds near Ladyhill. He was attacked by two people.

"ASI Aithappa is now recovering. Everyone from constable to the commissioner got together and collected Rs 50,000 which was donated to the ASI's family for his treatment along with a four-wheeler for emergency. The police department was enraged by the incident and caught the culprits within four days," he said.


What PFI has to say

On the other hand, the PFI still holds the police responsible for what has happened to Qureshi. According to PFI president Nawaz, Qureshi is still critical and was discharged from the hospital even before recovery.

"Doctors informed that Qureshi's kidney had failed and he was under treatment. The police department is simply issuing statements that he has completely recovered. This issue has spread state-wide now. Many organisations have offered us support to fight for Qureshi. We had discussions with former mayor Ashraf as well."


Qureshi's family, lawyer blame police

Nishad Qureshi, brother of Ahmed Qureshi says, "Police discharged my brother from hospital without informing the family members. Why did they do so? We have been through a lot. I pray that no one should go through the experience what my brother went through. We will keep fighting for justice. I was deeply hurt the way police cooked up the story against my brother. We will consult with our lawyer and go according law."

Advocate Dinesh Ulaipady who is the counsel for Qureshi's family questions, "How was Qureshi discharged without his bills in the hospital being cleared? Who paid the bill? There is no such system where the government pays the bill in a private hospital. If the government has not paid, did the police do it? "

He also said, "This incident is a violation of human rights and the hospital will be equally responsible for it. Qureshi was illegally detained and beaten up which is equal to attempt to murder. We will register a case against the police as well as the doctor for involving in this conspiracy."

 

Comment on this article

  • Alphonso Rodrigues, Udupi

    Sun, Apr 16 2017

    The day we invited the Kerala commi CM, it was a invitation to disaster. The trouble is slowly creeping into Mlore,.

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  • C.T. Thomas, Nadalike

    Sun, Apr 16 2017

    I have seen their posters in Bajpe with Slogans supporting Palestine. Why do we bother about this in India ? in the first place? Also this group has close affiliation and followers of Zakir Naik, Hence it justifies being on the radar if not banned.

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  • mustafa, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    not only congRSS govt., media and police is also against minorities.. I strongly condemn attack on PFI activist although i dont support PFI just because every people the right to speak. Whenever there is any protest from minorities, the police have to oppose and they have LAW against it.
    So called MPs publicly commented to put DK in fire and even a single complaint filed against it. Moreover some saffron group protested against visit of Kerala CM to once education city Mangalore, they protested and i have never heard police filed case or arrested some one, why double standard?
    I hope, if the police have not lathi charge on PFI, today most of minority people would not have supported PFI(like me). It gives us the feel of MINORITY.
    I think the whole news is the proof for the Police corruptness or working against minority.

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  • Adarsh, Sullia/Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    "Religions" have become reason for all the unrest, war, fight ,divisions and of course for of most of the evil on earth. Lets Ban all the religions and live like humans. If theirs a God he is one or No one. God will be much happier if we would quit all religions and unite as humans striving towards a peaceful society.

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  • Asd, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    What about colour,gender, nationalism?

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  • Jafer, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    PFI is not a name or individual to ban it is a wave no one can stop until god wishes.

    DisAgree [21] Agree [34] Reply Report Abuse

  • nazeer husain, jeddah KSA

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Truth and justice are not cheaper commodities for that popular front struggles especially in favour of exploited minorities which in every duration got maximum opposition. We have lot of organisations but almost for time pass entertaining objective but popular front in its programme and social concerns proves that delayed justice should not be denied at all with sharp effective trithfulness. If any social moovement follows the path of islamic historical ideals then its not illegal . The authority must come with the fact that if almost arrested muslims can be punished under UAPA ect acts then why not mr thogadia or others atleast even booked under any legal section for the same crime.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    PFI is a group of anti social/anti nationals.There is no other definition to describe this troublesome group.It took birth in God's own country by chopping off hands of a chirstian teacher.It never did any good to the soceity nor has any such agenda.Throwing stones at police personnel is just like throwing stones by Kashmiri separatists at our armed forces.PFI has no respect for law of the land.banning the org is in the good interest of the peaceful society.Earlier is the better.

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  • Sadi, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Your organisation has took birth by British and came to light by killing father of Nation. They credits their all efforts in all communal riots, bomb blast, loot and other so called 'Nationalist' activities which is against our constitution.

    British waited so long for result and they never waited in Pakistan for result. Britishers are happy now because output is in front of us.

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  • pircki, panchanabettu

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    PFI is the new verson of SIMI

    DisAgree [33] Agree [22] Reply Report Abuse

  • perchu, pervaje

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    There is no meaning for peace & secularism in the present society.

    DisAgree [10] Agree [12] Reply Report Abuse

  • medwin, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    PFI threat to the society.

    DisAgree [26] Agree [23] Reply Report Abuse

  • melwyn, shirva

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    There are so many evidence of PFI criminal activities. Attack on hindu activist, attack on Christian….. One side people says that there is no religion for terrorism/terrorist. But in other side these terrosit/terrorism being supported based on religion. What is the meaning of peace loving?

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  • S. M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Prove ur self then comment. As my observation PFI caders didn't harm any single innocent person either they them from any religion. PFI totally against of RSS ideology so many rumors spread.

    Muslim community totally supporting of their social ,economic service. You can check their official website.

    Onething I want to clear to say.. Today muslims youts living very peaceful, respectfull life in coastal area because of PFI. Other wise some people keep on troubling Muslim community for silly reasons.

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  • Devkumar, Himalayan Ke Godh mein/New Delhi

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    you mean to prove riyaz bhatkal n team obtained diploma of excellency from same organization.

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  • Devkumar, Himalayan Ke Godh mein/New Delhi

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Nawaz...it means your observation is totally wrong. Parents to avoid join such organisations and to lead normal life..and to avoid conflicts are sending them abroad. Otherwise one or other way these youths fall in wrong company spoil there future for of no use.

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  • melwyn, shirva

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    best example kerala case, where they chopped off professor's hand. you may please visit google & you will find the answer. your justification may not affect the knowledge of common people.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Melvin
    first understand logic behind the incident which u mentioned and later than don't forget same Muslim group donated blood to the professor. first read the full story of that incident from start to end and do not make half knowledge and one thing i have to remind you PFI strongly opposed did huge protest against sanghis in-front of DC office in managlore. you cannot blame just one baseless incident.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    .......one thing i have to remind you PFI strongly opposed CHURCH ATTACK and did huge protest against sanghis in-front of DC office..

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  • Abdul Rasheed, Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Apr 16 2017

    Yes ,

    Your Correct Say

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  • shahid, shirva manchakal

    Sun, Apr 16 2017

    Mr. Melwyn comment on which you can react..You are making non sense..did pfi attack on chirstians in shirva but RSS did if you remember and who should strong with you peoples...

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  • Vijay Benedict, Mluru/Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    This is the result of over pampering over the years. The word has realized this , when are we goin to realize???

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  • moshu, mlr

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Pratyaksh ko pramaan ki zaroorath nahi. PFI should not be in the list of ban. We have long list in the form of RSS, BD and its allies who carried out many terrorist attacks and still engage spread hatred.

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  • Anand, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    PFI protesting as if Qureshi is Innocent...Smart city, smart Police... absolutely the right quality.

    DisAgree [12] Agree [40] Reply Report Abuse

  • Devkumar, Jheel Ke Uss Paar/New Delhi

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    when is next agitation...declared...???

    DisAgree [3] Agree [28] Reply Report Abuse

  • Sheikh M, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    There is no limit for conspiracy in this world against peaceful community since September 2000

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  • Murtad, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Good job mangalore police. Kudos .Why only one kidney . This terrorist should have lost both the kidney. PFI is nothing but SIMI in new avatar .

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  • alwyn soans, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    I AM NOT SUPPORTING PFI OR BD... BUT N I CONDEMNED POLICE TORTURE TO QURESHI...DK POLICE ARE TOTALLY AGAINST MINORITIES...THEY ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT WHEN RIGH TWING HINDU GROUPS BANDH CALL..BUT I RESPECTED COMMISSIONER OF POLICE...IN 2014 GURUPURA ULLAIBETTU IPC 144 SECTION THESE HINDU OUTFIT TOOK HUGE PROCESSION BUT POLICE JUST WATCHED...WHY.?..SAME LAW FOR EVERYONE....I AM TOTALLY AGAINST TORTURE IN CUSTODY....COMMISSIONER SAB PLS TAKE ACTION.....

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  • Muzzamil, Bangalore

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Ban? It will have no effect on Popular Front Of India or its cadres. If you don't believe me ask a PFI member, they are not afraid of anything for social justice, and protecting Ambedkar's India.

    Need to ban , Bajrang dal, RSS , ram Sena etc.

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  • G M Hegde, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    In Ambedkars India and its constitution written by him there is no place for Tripple talaq nor Sharia. If it was not for Ambedkars India there would be 9000 IS recruits from Kasargod instead of 19 and now they dream of dragging in Kudka too..

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Hope peace and normality return to D.K. District soon.

    Confrontation, hate and an atmosphere of tension is certainly not a good situation to be in.

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  • Vivek, Karkala

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    PFI its open challenge for you. Bring Zakir Naik to Mangalore. ha ha ha

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  • Ismail, Uchila Udupi

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    @Vivek : It is District Administration decision to place restriction on Zakir Naik and Praveen Thogadia, ,Muthalik, otherwise it is not a big deal to bring Dr Zakir Naik to Mangalore. We all should respect law and Administration.

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  • Vivek, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    A person hiding in Saudi like a rat. Brilliant Indian Authority knows very well how to trap him.

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  • Shafeeq, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    Chaddis days are numbered in karnataka

    DisAgree [37] Agree [23] Reply Report Abuse

  • mem126000, Karkala

    Sun, Apr 16 2017

    its a open challenge to you also bring Praveen Thogadia, to Mangalore. he he he

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  • Emi, Brighton

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    RSS. PROTECT HINDUS.

    BJP PROTECT COWS

    PFI PROTECT MUSLIMS

    TRUMP PROTECTS CHRISTAINS

    BUT WHO WILL PROTECT INDIA.

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  • Hemanth, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Why there is no ban on BD, RSS, Sene ???? Law should be equal to all

    DisAgree [73] Agree [103] Reply Report Abuse

  • santhu, Mumbai/Udupi

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Mangalore police rocking...Keep shining and keep thrashing criminals and anti national people.

    DisAgree [47] Agree [83] Reply Report Abuse

  • Manoj Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    They need to thrash BD, RSS ,VHP, Hindu Sene also ....

    DisAgree [67] Agree [100] Reply Report Abuse

  • EMI, BRIGHTON

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    ANYBODY GETS ANGRY, IF LAATI CHARGE FOR NO REASON.

    NO BODY HAS ANY RIGHT TO HIT ANYBODY.

    DisAgree [39] Agree [49] Reply Report Abuse

  • EMI, BRIGHTON

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    ONLY 20% OF THE POLICE ARE HONEST AND SPEAK TRUTH.

    DisAgree [29] Agree [58] Reply Report Abuse

  • ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Lathi charge could be avoided or waited for some time before venturing as per available video clip. When they were bundled out to the bus for police custody, they broke glasses of Bus! Police executive on spot could be talked to PFI leader before charging lathi against un armed SIT IN DHARNA PFIs.Some are how prima facie it looked police eager to Charge the mobs.

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  • Vikas G, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    PFI fully expose

    I always said . Qureshi was not a holy cow. Double murder suspect and repeated offender. What does PFi expect from police ? Give him bharatha Ratna ?

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  • KRISHNA, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Well said mr vikas

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  • EMI, BRIGHTON

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    RSS DOESNT WANT TO BAN THIS ORGANISATION. THEIR NO MIGHT BE NEXT.

    RSS ALREADY BEEN BANNED 2 TIMES BEFORE.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Dongi khangress banned RSS illegally
    Who ever have guts let them ban RSS in a legal way with valid reasons
    Just to satisfy some DW readers it can't be done

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  • EMI, BRIGHTON

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    RSS vs PFI.

    RSS CLAIMS TO PROTECT HINDUS, PFI CLAIMS TO PROTECT MUSLIMS. BUT WHO WILL SAVE INDIA.

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    I think we have to rely on you for that. Please finish your EMIs soon in Brighton and return back to India. :P

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  • Emi, Brighton

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    INSHA ALLAH. GOOD ONE.

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  • abdul samad, mangalore

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    OH MY GOD FEARING BAN PFI I CANTROL MY LAUGH DONT DIVERT ISSUES PEOPLE KNOWS VERY WEL.ITS PRE PLANNED PROGRAME SOME CHADDI POLICE AND MEDIA

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  • alwyn, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    our police wear pant not chaddi dude. dont think religion wise. A criminal will not have any religion

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  • Anirudh P, Bengalore

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    abdul samad, mangalore

    Of course when people are caught pants down they cannot control their (artificial) laugh !!!

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Ban should be first applied to orgs which create law and order problem for trivial reasons. Why can't civilized society and security executives not take the seriousness of their un constitutional activities?

    Police can't ban any orgs be it SANGHIS or PFI and Govt can recommend but COURTS are there to decide.

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  • santhu, Mumbai/udupi

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Gvt should ban PFI with immediate effect.

    DisAgree [42] Agree [54] Reply Report Abuse

  • Ismail, Uchila Udupi

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    BD ,Mahasabha and RSS also needs to be banned , members of Sanghis involved in many murders and bomb blasts. If PFI is banned by Court then there shouldn't be any exception for Sanghi Organisations.

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  • Sathish shetty, M

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    What about Madrasses?

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  • Thousif, Manglore Bol

    Sat, Apr 15 2017

    What about your rss shaka. Your rss people killed one innocent man in kasrgod..

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  • Nirmal Kumar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 14 2017

    Mangalore police have shown best of professional approach in htis case, hats off to PC Mr Chandrasekar.

    DisAgree [48] Agree [59] Reply Report Abuse

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