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Kodagu journalist arrested for inciting communal hatred


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Kodagu, Nov 13: Kodagu district police has arrested freelance contributor Santhosh Thammaiah, along with four others late on Monday night, for allegedly making inflammatory remarks in the backdrop of Karnataka government decision to observe Tipu Jayanthi.

Taking exception of the a news article that appeared in the local Kannada daily 'Kaveri Times', complainant Askar KA alleged that Santhosh was hurting religious sentiments by defaming Prophet Mohammed and inciting communal hatred.

In the article that appeared on 'Kaveri Times' Thammaiah was quoted saying, “centuries ago the 'intolerant' views of a religion from Arab (Islam), propagated by its preacher is the fundamental basis for cruel terrorist like Tipu Sultan.” He was speaking at a public gathering on Tuesday (November 5th) at Freedom Fighters Memorial organised by a group called Prajna Kaveri against the Karnataka government’s decision to hold Tipu Jayanti.

According to few locals, while initially the police was reluctant to file the FIR, however following protest by the Muslim groups in Kodagu, the police relented to lodge the FIR.

Going further, Askar alleged Santhosh also compared Mir Sadiq (Minister of Tipu Sultan, who during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War allegedly betrayed Tipu Sultan at Seringapatam) to Lord Krishna, thereby hurting the sentiments of the Hindu's as well. The police have filed a complaint under section 295(A) IPC (Insulting religion or religious beliefs) and have produced the Thammaiah at the jurisdictional court. Police have also booked case against four others Sudhakar, Robert Rozario, Rangakarmi Kariappa and Bachatniyanda Appanna on the same grounds.

Meanwhile, BJP's Karnataka General secretary Arvind Limbavali along with other party leaders condemned the arrest of Santhosh. According to Limbavali, Santhosh was arrested for speaking against Tipu Jayanti by the state government and he demanded that all charges be dropped against him. Limbavali threatened state-wide protest if the government attempted to stifle the voice of the journalist.

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  • mehsan, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    govt unable to decide which is right & which is wrong. if they have taken action against those who comments on religion & made derogatory comments this would not continue. when the govt taken action on political ground this kind of incident will continue. if we compare all the previous case & this one then we can find out the different meaning of freedom of speech.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Very innocent face and a friend of a famous patriot mp simha. Dept must give a good airplane treatment for a week and release him. If repeat encounter and close the a/c.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Very innocent face and a friend of a famous patriot mp simha. Dept must give a good airplane treatment for a week and release him. If repeat encounter and close the a/c.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Hitler killed 7 million Jews. Going by this fact about Hitler, would his family and all Neo-Nazi's get offended?

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Inciting communal harmony really effects the peace and serenity of the society which should not be entertained.

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  • Avinash Mangalore, BANGALORE

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    He was speaking the truth, Tippu had murdered thousands of Hindus and Christians.

    When Bhagawan, Owaisi talks and MF Hussain paints, there is freedom of speech and expression. When others talk it hurting sentiments of one particular religion is it? Why this kolaveri chaddiless sickulars?

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  • Observer, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Dont read sanghi and the britishers books who were driven away by Tippu. Sanghis were the slaves of britishers who has zero role in freedim fighting.

    FYI all miinisters and commander Poornayya who led his army was hindu. Stop mislead the history. Police Administration did a good job to curb down bias journalism.
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  • Ajay, Kallianpur

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Lots of freelance 'journalists'. Journalist tag must be earned.

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  • balaji, Cincinnati

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Why is there no freedom of speech in this case?

    btw this journalist is talking the truth

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  • Suresh, Kapikad

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Tukde gang is still acceptable but wish this govt will crash soon

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  • Valerian Menezes, Kota

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Those who are spreading communal hatred should be punished severely. What we want in the society today is peace and harmony, not hatred. Hatred destroys development and economic progress. People from all communities should be respected. We do not need hatred and destruction in the name of religion and caste. Particularly the journalists should work for communal harmony.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Yesterday it is some group mocking the death of Union Minister Anant Kumar. Today it is the turn of some media house communal hatred targeting Muslims. Social media became a new internal threat of the country which wants to be a super economy of the future.
    If one follow the same accounts as Narendra Modi, it appears that his personal Twitter feed is filled with rancor and distortion. Twitter handles that give out rape threats, communal threats, are followed by the prime minister of India.
    According to the studies, the raise hatred over social media due to lack of Cyber Security Act in India and the contract IT cells hired by political parties like BJP. If India ever needs to be secure, it needs to be the draft law like the United Kingdom or Germany.
    Under the German IT Security Act, non-compliance may be subject to administrative fines of up to 100,000 EUR. Non-compliance with the mentioned requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation is subject to fines up to 10 million EUR or 2% of the worldwide annual turnover, whichever is higher.
    Is Prime Minister Modi's 'Digital India' will ever learn from the developed nation to put a permanent end to the social media hatred?
    Jai Hind

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Tipu was a butcher and he mainly slaughtered non Muslims who did not accept Islam. This is a fact and it is the hard truth whether you like it or not. The Christian community in Mangalore lost 60,000 of its members and we cannot even mourn our dead? Nor can we speak the truth about the violent Jihad and the absolute terror that was unleashed upon young and old Men, Woman and Children? And what is worse is while we mourn the loss of our loved ones, every year using tax payers money celebrations are held, and we cannot even comment or complain????

    In todays world Truth has now become the new hate speech. Any one who even dares to even talk of the mass annihilation of their forefathers hurts the religious sentiments of a particular group of people. If that's the case then just imagine how hurt the descendants of the many survivors of those thousands of Christians and Hindus that Tipu murdered in cold blood should be feeling as we speak

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  • Peace Lover, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Best step is be cool and leave to creator for his best decision.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    So do you mean after death when you come face to face with your creator then you should complain to him????

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  • PureSanghi, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Don't know how he survived from the recent coorg surround disaster and flood.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    I wonder if he is from BJP ...

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  • Zahoor Ahmed, Karkala

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    Future MLA of coorg, Best Ex. Simha of Mysore

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  • Critic, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Most of the national tv channels are working with an agenda under the influence of communal groups. Wish law of the could enforce new bills against these biasist journalism.

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  • rsb, US

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    How does one decide when "sentiments" are hurt? Guidelines are required about what sentiments are. Otherwise such arrests are just symbolic and don't have any valid basis.
    Examples of guidelines are 1) No remarks for or against any religion and its founders should be made in public meeting to avoid such situations; 2) Ban public display of religion like processions, loud speakers, symbols, etc.

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  • Nowfal, kasargod

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    There is many more writers..oh sorry rioters are in karnataka who frequently writes in chaddivani chaddidigantha papers whose main purpose is uncondition hatred against Muslims,Christians,Communists and all those who dosent belive in hinduism

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    How about Talibani writers who kills so called 'kafirs'????

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    RSS and Christians were paid soldiers of British government, there is not a bit doubt upon that . In mangalore itself you can witness whole city under church raj.

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  • VALERIAN RODRIGUES, UJIRE

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    MR HANEEF CHRISTIANS ARE NOT INVOLVING IN ANY UNTOWARD ACTIVITIES.NOT HURTING ANYBODY.NOT INVOLVING VIOLENCE.NOT WORKING AGAINST OF NATION.CHRISTIANS WORK ABOUT HEALTH AND EDUCATION.OUR PRIESTS AND NUNS ARE WORKING IN FREE OF SALARY AND ANY OTHER BENEFIT.CHURCH TREAT EVERYBODY EQUALLY WITHOUT CONSIDERING CAST AND CREAD.IN MANGALORE NO CHURCHRAJ BUT A GOOD SERVICE.ALSO I WISH TO SAY YOU CHRISTIANS ARE NOT FANATIC.ANYBODY INTERESTS TO LIVE OR BUILT HOUSE NEAR OF CHURCHES.THAT PLACE IS VERY CALM AND SILENCE.ONCE YOU GET STUDY BEFORE WRITING LIKE THIS.

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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    The British Army in India comprised soldiers, commonly called ‘sepoys’ from all religions including Muslims. There was no RSS in the 18th and 19th centuries. Christians sided with the British were mere rumours. During Tipu’s reign, Christians and Konkani speaking Hindus of Mangalore were third or fourth generation migrants from Goa. They were poor, engaged in farming, working for native Hindu landlords and doing other menial jobs. There were no leaders or prominent figures among Christians who could lead people in supporting the British or revolting against Tipu.

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  • hans, udupi

    Wed, Nov 14 2018

    What do you want now ? Another Pakistan in Mangalore??? Not happy with one Pakistan????

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Why intolerace?. Can we then apply these sections to Bhagawaan as well?

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  • Raghavendra M K, Mumbai Maharashtra

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    prevention is better that cure. right decision by govt.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Forgive him journalist always being trapped such type of issue without knowingly.

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  • Nasir, Bajpe

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Journalist are there to guide the society, not to divide the society.

    Hope the policemen will teach him a good lesson.

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  • Chetan, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    These are the people who are on the payroll of RSS & BJP. They are full time employees to spew venom against people whom they hate. Shut him up in jail for a long time.

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  • deepak, mang

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    what a shame on these slaves govt..?? what happened to freedom of speech now..??

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    What is freedom of speech kindly elaborate? U have freedom of wearing clothes does it mean u can wear just under wear and walk on street? Similarly freedom of speech is not about talking loose mouth and hurt others Religious sentiment.

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  • Anil, Riyadh

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Sir!!!! Where where you when MF Hussain insulted Hindu goddess in his pictures? Still not born is it?

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  • Pai, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Ahmed, Bangalore
    You should also question Owaisi

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    What is your opinion on Dr Zakir Naik. He has been doing this for years through patronage of Congress government to establish wahabbi state inIndia.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Rajesh, Dr. Zakir Naik doesn't insult anybody but intact when there is a debate it has to be shared with proof and the same he does in his talk with proof by providing references. You need to understand what is loose talk and what is professional speech with valid proofs. His intention is to spread the truth and it's absolutely necessary to spread truth with valid proof.

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  • ayes p., kudla/ksa

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Is this freedom of speech? hurting sentiments of other community.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    That foreign religion propagation depended on violence... Nothing wrong in journalist talk...
    Initial days that religion propagated on very violent manner... Even now Arabians follow same violence in every day life... Example is US journalist death in acid...

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  • Indian, India

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    U should not drink more than your capacity..

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    sri_elder, Karkala
    RSS sympathisers and BJP blind bakt slaves have mastered the art of lies. Here too, you have said lies
    about US journalist death in acid... ; which has not happened recently to US journalist.

    Middle East is very tolerant, cooperative place and that is why; on this land, one can see Indians are majority, and living peacefully.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Harold - now it is mostly peaceful... But I am talking about 7th century AD... My knowledge source is wiki... I am independent and not associated with any political membership...ok

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    sri_elder, Karkala
    You want to live in 7th century. Even in 20th Century 2 world war has been faught & millions have died, but Countries have buried the difference and moving together today. Why in India, we are still spreading hatred, just for political gains.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Harold - now you are at the point... Why current state government need to sponsor jayanthi of some king of 18th century? Please stop that immediately... We can move on without much difference in our thoughts!

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    But Cheddis killed the father of the nation who has provided freedom to our countery and same cheddis who was with the British. same cheddi who want to decide the nation . same cheddi who is raping .

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    sri_elder, Karkala — what foreign religion are you talking about? It is people like you who give Hinduism a bad name. Don't behave like a retard — grow some brain and speak humanity!

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  • Anil, MP

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    What about Shankraachrayas violence against Buddhist Mont and Jain monks... What about the temples destroyed by Shankara, of Buddhist and Jains?????

    Its no doubt Tippu was cruel... But same way Hindu kings and Saints were too cruel....
    In Kerala Hindu king is to charge tax even on breastfeeding....

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  • Dr. Haneef Shabab, Bhatkal

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    By the way I suppose the Mahabhrata War was fought in 3067 BCE
    and the Kalinga War fought in 262 BCE was not in Arabia!
    And it was not by the Foreign Religion of 7th century AD. Isn't it?!

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    But the fact is that they did not convert by force or sword and they did not destroy the natives places of worship unlike semitic invaders.

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  • Allan Dcosta, Kinnigoli / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    What are you talking about? do you find pleasure in talking nonsense... just for the sake of entertainment i believe you are commenting or may be you are a self declared spokesperson for majority. you just seem to shake your head for everything that has been published and which you feel the Hindu community is involved, be it good or bad. your name suggest sri_elder - but you behave like child.... it is people like you when comment create differences among others and force others to have negative view.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Nov 13 2018

    Nothing wrong! I have replied everything to Harron, please read that... Moral of the story is we do not need any jayanthi for 18th century king!

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