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Two girls with Muslim friends at Mangaluru zoo beaten up, 3 arrested

Two college girls were allegedly beaten up by a group of men, allegedly belonging to a Hindu right-wing organisation, for being with Muslim boys at a zoo in Mangaluru.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2018 22:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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A police officer said the men were detained but they were yet to be interrogated.(PTI Photo/ Representative purpose )

Two college girls were allegedly beaten up by a group of men, allegedly belonging to a Hindu right-wing organisation, for being with Muslim boys at a zoo in Mangaluru on Tuesday, police said.

Police arrested three persons — Sampath Shetty, Varada and Dinesh — for the assault, which was captured on a mobile camera by an onlooker. The video of the alleged assault went viral and triggered outrage against the apparent moral policing.

The video shows one of the girls being assaulted again even after a police constable intervened.

Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy said police had taken prompt action. He said there was a substantial reduction in vigilantism in the Dakshina Kannada district.

“I have directed police to take strict action against the vigilante groups. Action would be taken against policemen in case of dereliction of duty,” Reddy told reporters.

Hanumantharaya, deputy commissioner of police (law and order), said the three persons arrested were members of Hindu Jagarana Vedike. “Others might have been involved.” Hanumantharaya said it was not yet known how the activists got information about the youngsters meeting in the zoo.

Police said the girls, a Hindu and a Christian, had gone with their Muslim friends to the zoo to celebrate a birthday when they were assaulted around 11am.

Mangaluru is no stranger to incidents of moral policing. In 2009, Sri Rama Sene, a right-wing group, activists attacked women visiting a pub. In 2012, Hindu Jagarana Vedike activists attacked 12 people celebrating at a resort in the city.

(With inputs from Agencies)

First Published: Jan 02, 2018 18:25 IST