Youth belonging to pro-Hindu group attacked, anti-RSS slogans raised

Debjit Mukherjee: In another incident of attack during a rally, miscreants on Monday went on a rampage in Karnataka’s Shivamogga and attacked a youth belonging to a pro-Hindu group.

According to the sources, three bike-borne assailants also swung swords at the banners and posters of Harsha, the slain Bajrang Dal activist, put in place for the rally organised in remembrance of Veer Savarkar. The victim has been identified as Prakash and has been injured severely in the clash.

The incident occurred after Prakash saw two people on the bike tearing the posters of Harsha. After the victim tried to stop the bike-born miscreants, they attacked him causing severe head injuries. Following the attack, Prakash was admitted to the hospital in Shivamogga for treatment.

However, soon after the incident happened, hundreds of pro-Hindu activists gathered outside the hospital demanding justice for the youth and claimed that the law and order is not in control in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district.

Prakash later while giving a statement revealed that he could not identify the three assailants as they were wearing masks. He further informed that soon after they attacked him, they started raising anti-RSS slogans. The Shivamogga police have filed an FIR in the matter and have launched an investigation.

SP Shivamogga GK Mithun Kumar has also stated that the police have taken all the CCTV footage into their custody and are trying to look for the number plate of the bike of the miscreants in order to nab them. Meanwhile, security around the district has also been beefed up. Police security has also been increased near the residence of Harsha, the slain Bajrang Dal activist.