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Clash between two groups: youth injured

Sulya: Clash between two groups had happened near Karikkala in Sulya. One lad is injured in the clash.

Incident: Macchila resident Riyaz was married to a lady from Panja. He is a coconut vendor by profession. Unfortunately the relation did not last long and Riyaz had divorced his wife.

Both got engaged to others. Amidst of this on Tuesday both the family members had to meet at Mucchila Tanjal’s place for compromise. Even before the talks could start, clash arose and both the team smashed one another.

It’s been reported that the members of the girl’s family have attacked Riyaz. He was taken to hospital and later lodged a complaint on Irshad, Ismail and Haneef.
  • Published in D.K.

Two groups clash in college victory celebration: One injured

Bantwal: Two groups clashed during a victory celebration at Vittal Pre University College in Vittal near here on Saturday June 27. One student injured as a result of the violence.

Kiran Raj Rai (18) from Manchi is the person injured.

On Saturday morning, Yogish from second PU commerce was declared as the winner in the student election held at the college. After that students were allowed to go home. When the supporters and friends of Yogish wanted to celebrate inside the college premises, the principal and lecturers did not allow them to do so.

When Yogish and his team went outside the premises to celebrate, another team of students standing outside the gate passed remarks which reportedly sparked the fight.

After the incident, one of the two groups stopped vehicles on the road in protest against the assault on the student.

A case has been registered in Vittal police station on charges of disruption of public peace and life threat.
  • Published in Bantwal

Dalit sarpanch battles for life after questioning upper-caste Marathas over water

Is it wrong to spare a thought for your livestock's water needs at a time when the mercury is soaring at 45 degree Celsius? Around 500 kms from Mumbai, Dalit sarpanch Datta Haribhau Kamble, 48, of Umra village in Parbhani district, who is battling for life after being set upon and attacked by upper-caste Marathas, has learnt this the hard way.

"My father was on his usual morning walk on Thursday when he noticed some members of the upper-caste Maratha community diverting water from a tank meant for cattle to their fields. Scorching summer sun demands that the cattle are provided with enough drinking water. When he told them to stop taking away water meant for cattle, they became agitated and assaulted him with spades and an axe," Kamble's 19-year-old son Sanjay told dna.

The attack has led to an outrage in the entire rain-shadow region of Marathwada. Samajik Nyay Andolan (SNA), a Dalit rights organisation helped the family shift Kamble to an ICU in a private facility as the local civil hospital was ill-equipped to take care of the serious gash on the head caused by the axe blow. His wife was in tears while speaking to this reporter.

"Upper caste Marathas of Kolhe clan always wanted to dominate over us. In 2011, when the sarpanch post in our village became a reserved seat, community elders picked my husband as candidate; but ever since, our family members, including children, have been facing taunts, barbs and insults. I feared for his safety and now my fears have come true."

Doctors monitoring Kamble's vitals admit he is in a very critical condition. "We will only be able to say whether he will make it after another 24 hours of observation."

Though local police have registered an FIR against the accused five – Hanumant Kolhe, Dayanand Kolhe, Mahadu Kolhe, Bhimrao Kolhe, Manikrao Kolhe – under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 along with several other sections of the IPC for the life-threatening assault, none of them have been arrested or even detained.

There was not a trace of remorse when dna reached out to Mahadu Kolhe, one of those involved in the attack. Instead he said, "Until two generations ago these Matangs didn't dare to look us in the eye and talk. Today why should we be dictated on how much water to use and in what all ways? We are the ruling class... for generations, we have only given orders. Kamble was asking for trouble with his sarpanch post, and he got it."

Interestingly, the police have registered a cross-complaint by the accused which claims Kamble and his bed-ridden octogenarian father Haribhau were attacked for attempting a dacoity. "Why would a sarpanch attempt a dacoity in his own village at 7.30 am?" asked Ganpat Bhise of SNA who added, "The police should at least apply their mind on whether it's possible for a bed-ridden old man to carry out a dacoity." According to him, the Kolhe family has been terrorising Dalits in the village to withdraw the complaint. "They have said that other Dalit families will have to pay the price if any of their family members is picked up by the police."

Additional Superintendent of Police Niyati Thaker, speaking to dna, admitted that they have found political rivalry at the root of the problem, but was not able to give a reply on why the accused Marathas were not arrested. "We have registered FIRs based on complaints from both sides. Obviously one side is lying. We will establish that and take action accordingly," she said.

Repeated attempts at reaching Parbhani guardian minister Diwakar Roate of the Shiv Sena for comment drew a blank.
  • Published in Mumbai

Three students thrashed while returning from exams

Bantwala: Three students who were returning home after writing second PU exams are thrashed by a team with cudgels stones and by hand at S.V.S College on Thursday.

Mubin, Sadakat and Akbar Siddik were the students who were attacked and thrashed by the team of Taranat, Deeepak Pramod and others. The three students had come to S.V.S College to write the exam from Tumbe College. After completing the exams they went to the bus stand to catch the bus while the gang thrashed them badly. The victims are taken to hospital and Campus Front of India had demanded to arrest the culprits within 24 hours.

Old revenge:

Few days back the one of the team member who thrashed the students had given his bag to carry with them in the bus. But the bag fell down and these students argued with the other students that, it was made to fall purposefully. This lead to a quarrel amongst the two groups. Later it was brought to the notice of the college principal and he intervened into the matter and the students were given advice. This is an act of revenge for an old quarrel said the police
  • Published in Bantwal

Bunting clash: Two persons arrested

Ullala: Police have arrested two persons in connection with the clash that erupted relating to the buntings and banners in KC Road near Talapady on Feb 25.

The arrested have been identified as Shafiq (31), resident of near water tank in Kinya and Aslam (28)resident of Talapady.

On Feb 25 some people were putting buntings and flags relating to the brahmakalashotsava of Talapady temple. A group of men opposed it and switched off the street lights and threw soda bottles and stones. Police men Chandra Naik, Kamalaksha, ASI Mohandas were also injured in the incident.

Section to continue:

Section 144 was imposed in Ullala following the incident. Innocent people who were returning to their homes after work were made to taste the lathi of police in the evening on Feb. 26. The locals irked over the act of the police. As the peace disturbing incidents still happening the region the police department has extended the section.                                       `




  • Published in Ullal

Bunting controversy leads to clash in KC Road

Ullala: Clash erupted near KC Road as a group opposed putting buntings. The incident happened on the night of Wednesday Feb. 25.

Some people were putting buntings related to the Brahmakalshotsava of a temple, another group opposed this and they allegedly switched off the street lights and attacked with soda bottles and stones. Soon both groups indulged in stone pelting and  tense atmosphere prevailed in the region.

Learning the incident police rushed to the spot and tried to stop the clash. Meanwhile three policemen Chandra Naik, Kamalaksha and ASI Mohan sustained injuries due to stone pelting from the groups. They were admitted to a hospital. Many police men have sustained injuries in the incident.

Additional police personnel have been deployed in the area. DCP Vishnuvardhan, Ullal station officer Pavithra Teja and PSI Bharati have been stationed at the spot to monitor the situation.

After the KC Road stone pelting incident, unknown miscreants set fire into 13 shops in Thokkottu. All the shops were completely burnt down.

A plastic shop (owned by Irfan), 3 vegetable shops (owned by Ida, Ibrahim and Bawa) 3 grocery shops (owned by Bhagwandas, Lathif, and Mansoor), a chappal shop (owned by Rafiq), a dry fish shop (owned by Monu), a toys shop (owned by Mustafa), 2 flower shops (owned by Ibrahim and Ida), garment shop (owned by Aziz) have been gutted down.

The shops were set fire at around 9 pm. The fire brigade which arrived later could not save the shops. The losses have been estimated in lakhs.

A case has been registered at Ullal police station. The situation is still tensed in the area.




  • Published in Ullal

Clash between two groups: two to hospital

Sullia: In a preliminary meet held by the Management committee of Jayanagar Korambadka Nagabrahma Aadi Mogerkala to discuss the annual festival proceedings, a quarrel lead to clash and two people are admitted to hospital due to injuries.

Committee’s Jagannath, Mohan, Janardhan and Janaki Narayan who were on the stage. Vasanta Kudpaje, Sundar, Ramesh, ashok and others put allegations on the committee that it is not working properly. This led to the quarrel and later clash aroused and Babu Naraje and Sanjeewa got injured.

They were then taken to hospital. Case has been registered in the station.


  • Published in D.K.

Kodi tense after clashes erupt

Kundapur: A trivial issue snow balled into a communal clash and once again Halavalli in Kodi here grasped by tension on Sunday afternoon January 25.

As the clashes between the groups took violent turn police rushed to the spot and tried to take control of the situation. All of a sudden groups started pelting stones at the police due to which Kundapur SI Nasir Hussain sustained injuries on his leg while constable Raju received injuries on his face. Several women also injured in the incident. The injured were admitted to a private hospital in Kundapur.

 The reason:

On Sunday afternoon few youths belonging one community were sitting in a petty shop near Kinara bar in Halavalli. Some youth from another community came to the same petty shop and one among them started videographing the place with his mobile and showed his finger to the other youths. Enraged by this the youths who were already sitting in the shop abused him and clash broke between two groups.

Later the youth entered into a nearby house where marriage function was going on and threw stones at the window glasses and damaged the house.

As the news spread in the region people from both the community started throwing stones, bottles at eachother. Police rushed to the spot and tried take control of the situation. They lathi charged to control the situation but that went in vain, later they used three tear gases to disperse the groups.

Extra police force was called from Shankarnarayana and Amasebail. Two KSRP and two DAR teams were deployed in the region.
  • Published in Udupi
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