Mangalore: Home Stay Attack - Hindu Yuva Sene Calls for Strict Action Against TV Reporter
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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, Aug 6: Vasudeva Bhat, convener of Hindu Yuva Sene on Monday August 6 said that Naveen Soorinje, a reporter with a Kannada news channel who was booked in the July 28 resort attack case, had wrongly accused corporator Mohan Padil and the police of being drunk at the time of the incident. Soorinje had levelled the allegations on television show ‘Satyameva Jayate’.
Bhat told reporters that Mohan Padil has been active in social and religious activities for the last 23 years. "Having seen him handling various responsibilities, the people in the area elected him as their corporator. He is a devotee of Ayyappa Swamy and goes to Ayyappa Swamy Sannidhi every year," he said.
He further said, "On the day of the attack, a few young boys and girls were engaged in ‘masti’ in the name of birthday party, and Mohan Padil who was preparing to go to Ayyappa Swamy temple was informed of the raid. The incident took place in his area limits, and being a corporator he went to the spot to check," he explained.
"However, police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd, and this was opposed by Mohan Padil. The police went on to pull Mohan's shirt collar and took him in their jeep even though he told them that he was the corporator," he said.
Bhat added that after three days of the incident, Naveen Soorinje on a TV show wrongly blamed the corporator and the police of being drunk at the time of the incident. "Though a few other TV channels did broadcast the real version of the incident, Kasturi channel presented the news in such a way as to harm Mohan's reputation," he alleged.
Bhat urged the authorities to take stringent action on Naveen Soorinje.
Hindu Yuva Sene leaders Yashodhara Chowta Ekkur, Padmanabha Navur, Anand Saripalla, Mohan Nuji among others were present.