Sharath Madiwala who died on July 7, Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Mohan on Wednesday said the culprits would be arrested soon.
He was speaking to reporters after reviewing the law and order situation in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, which has been witnessing communal disturbances since May 26. Mr. Mohan said the police with the help of the public were able to restore peace in the taluk After the stone-pelting incident during Sharath’s funeral procession on Saturday.
There was no Intelligence failure about stone-pelting as the police thought those leading the procession would control the mob, Mr. Mohan said. The police concluded that those in the procession initiated stone-pelting, the ADGP said the investigation was still on. As of now, 17 people have been arrested since May 26, he said.
Asked about Facebook page that continues to spread hate messages for over a year even after the police recommendation to block it, Mr. Mohan said the police would follow up with Facebook authorities.
Helmed imposing Section 144 in Dakshina Kannada except Mangaluru City Police Commissioner saying that it did not affect public life.
The police are equally concerned about the rampant sale and use of drugs in the district and would take every measure to curb the menace, the ADGP said.
BJP will not attend meet.
Meanwhile, the BJP has decided to stay away from a meeting of elected representatives and religious leaders called by district in-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai here on Thursday.
Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, told the press that the boycott follows the government’s failure to arrest murderers of Sharath. He alleged that Mr. Rai was responsible for the communal troubles.
Separately, former Congress leader Harikrishna Bantwal sought shifting of the SP office to Puttur from Mangaluru for better policing of the district. Since Mangaluru taluk is under Commissionerate, the SP’s office need not be located in the city, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rai on Wednesday visited the residence of Sharath and met his fatherTaniyappa Madiwala.