Mangalore: The Dakshina Kannada division of popular front of India staged a massive protest in front of the Mangalore DC office, demanding the arrest of saffronist leader Kalladka Prabhakar and several others for their reported hate speeches against the minorities in a recent function organized in the city. Protesters demanded strict action against Jagdish Karant, Shrin Pumpwell, Satyajeet Suratkal, Subhash Patel and columnist Chakravati Suli Bele for their reported attempts to destabilize peace in Dakshina Kannada.
It may be noted that Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat had recently given a speech at a ‘Hindu Sangama’ in which he had reportedly attacked the religious rituals of both Christianity and Islam including Hijab, circumcision and Christian bishops.
Addressing the huge gathering, national secretary of Popular Front of India said that the Sangh Parivar was destabilizing peace in the state while the elections are looming nearer. “The Congress government seems to be failing in keeping such communal people in line. We are surprised as to why not they have been arrested despite the cases filed against them?” he asked.
State committee member of SDPI Anwar Sadat also spoke on the occasion and reminded the public about the statements of minister Ramnath Rai prior to the assembly elections. ” Ramnath Rai had said that there will be a open fight between him and Kalladka Prabhakar. So why is now Rai silent on such outrageous crimes of Prabhakar?” He asked.
State vice president of Popular Front Abdur Razzaq slammed the government for ‘joining hands with the saffronists secretly, while promising a violence free state to the people. ” If the government does not take action against such people, it clearly proves that they have joined hands with them secretly. “Gone is the era when people used to fear from such threats. Now we have to strengthen the secular structure of our nation.” He added.
District president of SDPI Abu Bakr Kolai, Nisar Ahmed, Haidar Nairsal and others were present. District president of Popular Front AM Ataullah delivered the opening address while Popular Front (Bantwal) president Zakaria Kaldka delivered the vote of thanks. AK Ashraf managed the event.