By Violet Pereira
Team Mangalorean - News Hub
Mangalore : Additional director general of police (ADGP) law and order Bipin Gopalkrishna visited the resort "Morning Mist" where the Hindu Jagarana Vedike members barged in and beat up the group inside, to study the situation and also visited the commissionerate on July 29.
Addressing the mediapersons at a press meet held in the commissionerate office, Bipin said that on Saturday, July28, 13 students from Shree Devi College, Roshni Nilaya and Sahyadri Engineering College were taking part in the celebration of the birthday of one of their friends in Morning Mist Homestay at Padil. Some 15 to 20 persons entered inside the place and started destroying the property and assaulting the girls and boys by forcibly entering their rooms and fled from the scene. The whole incident was videographed.
Later rumours were circulated that there was a rave party going on in the resort. The students who were about to vacate the place after the incident were stopped but the neighbours gathered in large numbers outside. According to the intimation received police reached the spot around 7.30 pm and requested the crowd to disperse from the spot. When the crowd refused to budge, the police resorted to a mild lathi charge.
After a thorough search of the place, the police were able to find only beer bottles, soft drinks and food. It was just a birthday party that was being held by the students with the permission of the parents.
"We have arrested 8 assailants and we will arrest the remaining assailants as soon as possible. We have booked cases of assault, destruction and loss of property and outraging the modesty of the girls, under section numbers 229, 146, 147, 447, 448, 341, 323, 324, 504, 506, 354, 359 and 149, of the Indian Penal Code and section 2A2 B of another relevant Act.
The arrested have been identified as Rajesh Aranha, Subhash, Taranath, Sharath, Venugopal, Sundeep Shetty and another Taranath. When questioned as to why corporator Mohan Padil was first arrested and later released, he said he was arrested because he was present at the spot with the residents, he further said. "After questioning and coming to know that he was not involved in the assault, we have let him go," he added.
"Morning Mist Homestay is a resort where the people can book for partying, Whether it has permit or not we have to verify from the deputy commissioner. A case will be registered against the TV channel representatives who were present at the spot while the assault was going on. It is a serious crime and we are taking serious measures to tackle this incident. It cannot be termed as failure of the intelligence. As soon as we got the information the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control," he further said.
The ADGP also said that, according to Subhash Padil he along with the other activists entered the premises of the resort to protest against the party, but some of the members took the law into their hands and assaulted the girls as well as the boys. If one person from any group assault anyone the entire team will be blamed," Bipin said.
Section 144 has been imposed for 3 days in the city commissionerate limit. "This is the second incident after 2009, and we cannot call it a regular incident. If there is a lapse on the part of the police then we will take action against the police too," he assured.
Western range IGP Pratap Reddy and city police commissioner Seemant Kumar Singh were also present.