Forum Gives a Call for Bhatkal Bandh

Published: 11th January 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th January 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

KARWAR: Majlis-E-Islah Wa Tanzeem has called for Bhatkal bandh on Monday condemning the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police’s raid on the house of Mohammed Hussain in Bhatkal.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the office-bearers of the organisation held at Bhatkal on Friday evening. They alleged that the raid was conducted when there was nobody in the house.

“The police have claimed that they had recovered a huge cache of explosives from there. It was a conspiracy hatched by the police to defame Bhatkal as a town of terrorists,” they alleged.

Terming the raid as robbery, they said the police did not approach Tanzeem, which is cooperating with the police in maintaining law and order in Bhatkal.

“If the police were sure that the house had a cache of explosives, they should have conducted the raid in the presence of leaders of Tanzeem. Their claim about the a cache of explosives seized raises suspicion,” said a member.

Tanzeem members have, hence, called for the bandh to protest against the police action, the meeting decided.

Tanzeem vice-president    S M Parvez, general secretary Mohiddeen Altaf Kharoori, former president Syed Mohideen Barmavar, M J Abdullah Raqeeb and others were present.

BJP Flays Bandh Call

The district BJP unit has condemned the Tanzeem’s decision to call Bhatkal bandh on Monday against Bengaluru CCB police raid on the house of a suspected terrorist in Bhatkal, recently.

It has also warned of calling Uttara Kannada bandh, if Bhatkal bandh is observed. The unit president Nagaraj Joshi alleged that the Tanzeem has given a call for Bhatkal bandh in ‘support of terrorists.

He said Muzammil Khazia was suspended from the job of a High Court judge on charges of causing communal incidents in Bhatkal. Now, he is the president of Tanzeem.

The State government, which has appointed him as the president of Spice Development Board, is indirectly supporting terror activities, he charged.

He alleged that the law and order is derailed in the district. Party leaders Prasad Karwarkar, Rajesh Naik, Ganapati Ulvekar and others were present.


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