Mangaluru: Court acquits Vittal Malekudiya, his father from charges of Naxal link


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru(DV)

Mangaluru, Oct 21: The 3rd additional district and sessions court on Thursday October 21, acquitted Vittal Malekudiya and his father Linganna Malekudiya from charges of alleged links with Naxals.

It may be recalled that anti-naxal police had arrested Vittal and his father on the charges of alleged links with Naxals on March 3, 2012 from his village Kutloor in Beltangady taluk. Vittal had spent three months in judicial custody. Later, he had written exams in police custody. Vittal, considered as a leader of the Malekudiya tribe in Kutloor, is the only postgraduate from this place and from the community. Further, he contested for elections from Kutloor ward under Naravi gram panchayat.

During the BJP government's tenure, Vittal was arrested and sent to jail for four months over alleged connection with the Naxals. Literature by Kuldip Nayyar, Bhagat Singh with tea and sugar were seized from Vittal to ‘prove’ that he had a link with the naxals.

At the time of his arrest on March 3, 2012, Vittal was a postgraduate student of Mangalore University. He was known to have participated in protests organized by leftists and nurtured revolutionary and progressive thoughts, and was emerging as a student leader.

As there were objections and protests, the BJP government, which was in power then, did not file a chargesheet against Malekudiya. Sadananda Gowda, the then chief minister had said that the case against Vittal would be withdrawn. But after three years of his arrest, the Siddaramaiah-led government filed a chargesheet against him.

Speaking to the media during the occasion Vittal said, "Today, the court has acquitted me and my father from the charges. I also thank my advocate Dinesh Hegde Ulepady, CPI(M), DYFI, SFI and Dalit organisation for supporting me.. After a struggle of nine years, the court has provided justice to us. In March 2012, the police and forest department tried to evacuate residents from the foothills of Kudremukh National Park by harassing them. We were arrested as we said that we will not leave this place. I had to be in jail for three months and write exams with handcuffs.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    good comment

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    keep it up

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    ... suitable candidate

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    not for bacchali party but for communist parties...dont try to entice him by giving money

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  • ramdas kamath, Udupi

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    Please note the chargesheet was filed by Siddu government and not by BJP......

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Oct 22 2021

    It is really surprising that the court does not announce any compensation in these cases...if some person is falsely accused on suspicion due to ulterior motives of bacchali janara party then the court should ask the petitioner to pay the compensation amount and it should be a hefty amount so that any individual or organization will not dare to accuse people without solid proof...the same case has happened with several Muslim boys who are taken inside prison on accusation of connection with isis etc and later let off after five seven and ten years of imprisonment...this needs to be changed..

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 21 2021

    At last he got justice after nine years but what about his lost life for nine years? . As he was innocent he should receive compensation for this unlawful act by the government along with his legal fees.

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 21 2021

    During the BJP government's tenure, Vittal was arrested and sent to jail for four months over alleged connection with the Naxals. Literature by Kuldip Nayyar, Bhagat Singh with tea and sugar were seized from Vittal to ‘prove’ that he had a link with the naxals. ---- The same BJP did for Fr. Stan and killed Fr. Stan, peace be on him.....At least the great lawyer and good judge release all these evil plans of BJP and Vittal and his father got true justice. Time to celebrate and help the poor.

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  • James, M'lore

    Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Government always target Dalit and their leaders who fight for their rights. Big people who're in power wants to grab the land for free which is meant for Dalits. When someone raises their voice, government slap sedition and unlawful act cases against them so that they don't get bail and rotten in jails. This is what happened with Fr.Stan Swamy. He too worked for Dalits.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Capitalists and corrupt govts are labelling any opposition to their plans to usurp tribal lands and forests as naxals to crush their legal rights which we saw in the case of any NGO s or people like Fr Stan Swamy, where the evidence was planted by the system. These things push them towards extreme leftists which only can end if justice is done and not by suppressing them by use of force or illegal measures .

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Every fight should not be termed against the country. Gold shines when it is tested by fire.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Oct 21 2021

    Satyamev Jayate ...

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