Dakshina Kannada police on Tuesday night lathi-charged Popular Front of India (PFI) activists, who were reportedly protesting outside the Uppinangady police station against the detention of their three leaders in connection with a recent assault case.
While more than 10 PFI activists have reportedly sustained injuries, three other cops have also been injured in the incident.
#BREAKING #DakshinKannada police lathicharged #PFI activists who had gheraoed #Uppinangady police station demanding release of their dist pres Hameed Majestic & PFI workers Mustafa/Zakaria who have been arrested in alleged attempt to murder case of #Bajrangdal activist #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/Y9vdqG3yTi— Imran Khan (@KeypadGuerilla) December 14, 2021
As per reports, local police had summoned three PFI leaders – Uppinangady President Abdul Hameed Majestic, SDPI Nekkeladi President Zakaria, and Uppinangady Block President Mustafa Lateef for questioning them in a recent assault case and had later detained the members.
On Monday evening, PFI members and workers gathered outside the police station, demanding the immediate release of their leaders. Later Dy.SP Dr. Gana Kumari had came to the site and pacified the agitators, assuring them of the release all three detainees, according to media reports.
However, when only one of the three detainees were released and the other two were failed to be released, the protesters once again gathered outside the Uppinangady police station at night demanding their immediate release. Around 9pm, the police then resorted to the lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
Puttur Tahsildar had imposed section 144 in the Dakshina Kannada’s town following which lathi-charge was reported.
As the tensions escalated, security was beefed up with the administration deploying both district and state reserved police forces.