Udupi: Alleged cattle trafficking - house vandalized in Malpe, clashes erupt
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Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SM/DV)
Udupi, Mar 20: Trouble erupted at Bengre, Malpe here on Tuesday March 19 and on Wednesday March 20 after members of Hindu organizations alleged that a resident of the area had kept cattle for slaughtering in the premises of his house.
At around 7.30 pm on Tuesday, around 60 people surrounded B K Javed's house at Bengre and alleged that he had kept cattle with an intention to slaughter them.
Based on their complaint, Malpe police arrived at the spot and questioned Javed. On not receiving any satisfactory answer, including information about where he had brought the calf at his house from, the police took the animal into their possession and sent it to Neelavar cattle house, said circle inspector Maruthi Nayak speaking to daijiworld.
However, the matter did not end there. On Wednesday afternoon, over a hundred people from both communities gathered at the spot and a clash erupted. Stones were pelted at Javed's house and some of the agitators even entered his house and smashed the TV set and furniture. Javed's wife and aged mother who were in the house were frightened. Sources said that the stones were pelted at surrounding houses also.
Police rushed to the spot and resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd. The situation is now under control but tight security has been deployed at the spot to prevent further trouble.
One of the locals identified as Prasad was taken into questioning as he tried to enter Javed's house.
DySP Prabhudev Mane, four inspectors, six sub-inspectors, DAR vehicles, and rapid intervention vehicle with altogether around 100 policemen have been deployed to monitor the situation.
Case has not been registered yet as the situation is now peaceful, the DySP said.
Meanwhile, in a press note, Udupi Zilla Muslim Okkutta condemned the incident and demanded justice. The association alleged that Shiva Prasad, Prashanth, Jayapalan, Harsharaj of Hoode, Gangadhar from Kodi Bengre were involved in the incident.
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