KKSV Memorandum – Letter to The Superintendent of Police
by: Suresh Bhat( President of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike)
Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike,
SamirBuilding,Bibi Alabi Road, Mangalore – 575 001, Ph: 9964071782
January 31, 2012
The Superintendent of Police
Dakshina Kannada District
Civil society and especially the members of the Minority communities are shocked to note the presence of the highly controversial Dr. Kalladka Prabhaker Bhat during the inaugural function of the new office building of Mangalore City Police Commissioner on 28thJanuary 2012. And he was seated not among the spectators but in the very front row and in full glare of the TV cameras. Persons occupying the highest positions in the government and the administration were present during this function and the list includes the chief minister and the home minister of the state.
Everyone and more so the police are well aware of the fact that Mr. K.P.Bhat has been making hate speeches prejudicial to national integration and has also been posing open challenges to the police to arrest the guilty(in the Sullia incident). That an FIR has been booked against him under IPC sections 153A and 295A for his extremely vulgar and provocative speech (made recently at Uppinangady in Dakshina Kannada district) is by now widely known not only in Karnataka but almost all over India. Hence you cannot be unaware of the kind of message that his presence at this function has conveyed to the people of the country. The inevitable conclusion is that he was showing off his influence and his defiance of or contempt for the law and order machinery. Isn’t it true that if an ordinary citizen were to make such horrendous remarks from a public platform, he would have been interrupted, suo motu action would have been taken, an FIR would have been registered immediately, the investigation too would have been swift and the person would have been taken into custody within a matter of minutes?
This latest incident has only served to reinforce the widespread belief that there are different sets of rules for different people as far as the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are concerned. The unabated incidents of communal atrocities during the past few years and the inaction on the part of the authorities had almost completely eroded the Minority communities’ faith in the police force. Hence when the police registered an FIR against Mr. K.P.Bhat after his Uppinangady speech, it had rekindled people’s hopes. People hoped that this was the beginning of a return to law and order and inter-communal harmony. But this most disgusting and shameful incident of 28th January has all but dashed those hopes to the ground. People are, once again, having grave doubts whether law will take its due course at all. It is therefore imperative that the police should strive to restore people’s hopes and confidence.
In the interests of justice and lasting peace we demand that due process of law should be set in motion without any further waste of time and
- A case under IPC section 153B should also be registered against Mr. K.P.Bhat.
- A thorough investigation of all his previous prejudicial activities and offences should be carried out, by enlisting the help of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
- A proper charge sheet should be filed.
- A non-bailable warrant should be issued and he should be produced before the court of law and tried for the various offences.
for Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, D.K.,