Karnataka still notorious for Hindu fanatics who prowl, instances of interfaith friendship.

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba, Edited By Adam Rizvi, The India Observer, TIO, NJ: Mangaluru: Moral policing has not yet stopped in Karnataka. This is in spite of the fact that the government in the state has changed from the right extreme to the middle of the center.

The story goes like this…A group of youngsters comprising two Muslims and a Hindu boy along with two Hindu girls went for a sightseeing tour from Mangaluru to Madikeri in Karnataka’s Kodagu district.

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After visiting Abbey Falls, they parked their car in Madikeri and hired a jeep to travel to Mandalpatti Peak.

When the youngsters returned to the spot where they had parked the car, they were allegedly surrounded by a group of 30 people, who questioned the inter-religious nature of the group.

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Prime face this pertains to the case of moral policing involving suspected right-wing activists. This region of Karnataka is notorious for Hindu fanatics who prowl at such instances of interfaith friendship.

On the basis of a complaint filed by Nanda Krishnan (26), a case has been registered at the Madikeri rural police with charges of wrongful restraint, intentional insult, unlawful assembly with arms, rioting, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt. The Madikeri rural police have yet to make any arrests in this case.

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The Congress government in Karnataka had hinted that it will not tolerate such kind of moral policing in the state. Congress’s Chittapur MLA, Priyank Khargeif it tries to disrupt peace in the state. In reply to this, Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel warned the Congress if it tries to ban Bajrang Dal or the RSS, it will “burn the entire state into ashes.”

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Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Sr.Journalist, Author based in Chennai, India. Writes frequently for the USA based News Portal, TheIndiaObserver. He is author of the book Soundings on South Asia, New Dawn Press (2005). He can be reached at or TIO, at

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