Friendly With Woman from Another Faith, Muslim Man Assaulted in Karnataka

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The incident occurred when victim Mohammad Jaleel, aged 39, was returning after dropping a woman to Sullia in his car.

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NEW DELHI — Five persons — Lathish Gundya, Varshith and Punith and two unidentified individuals — have been booked for assaulting a Muslim man from Kerala in Sullia in the Karnataka district of Dakshina Kannada on Sunday. The incident occurred on Saturday when victim Mohammad Jaleel, aged 39, was returning after dropping a woman to Sullia in his car.

Dakshina Kannada police arrested one of the accused for allegedly indulging in ‘moral policing,’ reports reaching here from Mangaluru said on Monday.

Sullia police said Jaleel, a native of Malappuram and currently residing in Aranthodu, had taken a rubber plantation on lease three months ago and was looking after the plantation there. On Saturday, a woman known to him told him that she was coming to Sullia from Madikeri and needed a room to stay in Sullia.

The victim arranged a room in Sullia and dropped her there and was returning for his personal work at Thodikana when five accused waylaid and abused him. They also allegedly assaulted him and issued death threats for being in the company of a woman from another faith, the report in Indian Express said.

The accused have been booked under Sections 143, 147, 341, 323, 504, 506, 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc). The arrested person has been identified as Punith, a resident of Sonangeri in Sullia.

3 news websites booked

Meanwhile, Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police Ryshyanth said three news websites have been booked for spreading fake news that the accused in the case has been released after a political leader from Puttur put pressure on the police. Kahale News, Zoom In TV and Hosa Kannada.com news websites were booked for twisting the incident and promoting fake news and spreading false information about the police and thereby attempting to disturb communal peace, Ryshyanth was quoted as saying.

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