VHP and the Bajrang Dal are demanding a thorough investigation into the case in which three female students of a paramedical college in Udupi allegedly attempted to record another girl inside the washroom
NEW DELHI — Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders Sharan Pumpwell and Dinesh Mendon have been booked for making inflammatory speeches at a protest meet in Karnataka’s Udupi town. A suo motu case was registered against them by Udupi Police on Thursday.
The protest was organised in the wake of the suspension of three students over the alleged “washroom filming” incident.
VHP and the Bajrang Dal unit of the district are demanding a thorough investigation into the case in which three female students of a paramedical college in Udupi allegedly attempted to record another girl inside the washroom, reports reaching here said.
“As Hindu protectors, we will give a befitting reply to the Jihadi monsters. This kind of attack should be stopped today itself. Hindu mothers need to wake up. The hands which hold spoons and brooms should now hold weapons. There is a need to hold swords and warn the community that we will not remain silent,” Pumpwell was quoted as saying during the protest meet.
Similarly, Mendon too has been accused of making a provocative speech. The FIR was filed based on a complaint lodged by a local officer on duty. Further investigations are ongoing, media reports said.
Pumpwell and Mendon have been booked under Sections 505(1)(b) (Statements conducing to public mischief), 505(1)(c) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Hindutva groups are seeking a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the “washroom filming” incident. Pumpwell claimed that according to the information with the VHP, the mobile phone seized by the police also had an objectionable photograph of a girl.
In another case of alleged hate speech, the Udupi police have registered a suo motu case against district BJP Mahila Morcha president Veena Shetty for her provocative statement against Muslims during July 28 protest.
In a viral video, Shetty is seen urging educational institutions to stop providing admission to Muslim students. “The administration must wake up and ensure that such incidents don’t repeat in the future, Shetty said. “I request the school administration not to admit Muslim students. Let them study in madrassas,” Shetty added.
Based on the video, the police have filed an FIR against Shetty under Sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony) and 505(2) of the IPC.