Hundreds of leaders have been arrested and thrown
into jails by the State Terror forces as they fear a public
outburst of pent up anger against rabid anti-naxal force.
Thursday July 12 2007 13:16 IST
CHIKMAGALUR: Police arrested hundreds of leaders of progressive organisations and tribals who were protesting against the Naxal encounter at Menasinahadya, in various places in the district, including Balehonnur on Wednesday.
The post-mortem of five bodies brought from Menasinahadya was conducted under police protection at the district hospital and the process was recorded. Police were waiting for the relatives of the deceased till Wednesday evening.
Though some relatives of Ramegoudlu and his wife arrived, they were not ready to take the bodies, saying that they respect the decision of the tribals not to receive the bodies as the police had killed them in cold blood.
Cases: Police have booked 60 tribals of Menasinahadya in two separate cases, for obstructing their duty. More than 125 persons were arrested, including Kuduremukh National Park Virodhi Horata Okkuta president Kalkuli Vittal Hegde, Adivasi Girijana Hitarakshana Vedike president Kempegouda, secretary Mariappa, Gous Mohiyuddin and Puttaswamy.
Cases were registered against five persons encountered for misuse of weapons, illegal activity, firing on police etc, based on a complaint lodged by Koppa inspector Anil Kumar. Protest: On Tuesday, Menasinahadya villagers staged a protest till 2 pm, alleging that the police had killed innocent people.
IGP Prasad and SP Vipul Kumar stayed at Wodeyaramutt, as the villagers blocked the road with stones and set a vehicle ablaze. Police resorted to lathicharge on protesters and the road to the village was opened at 5 am on Wednesday.