news Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 3, 2014 | 6.03 pm IST Police resorted to lathicharge and at least three people were injured on Monday in Shivamogga after protests over the alleged rape and death of a minor turned unruly. Protesters reportedly pelted stones at the police, after which they resorted to lathicharge on Monday afternoon. Shivamogga Superintendent of Police Kaushalendra Kumar told the media that 40 people had been arrested and in the stone pelting five police vehicles including his car were damaged. Police have imposed Section 144 (prohibitory orders) in the whole taluk until Wednesday. Until Monday prohibitory orders were only imposed around Tirthahalli town. There was an undeclared bandh on Saturday. People protested on Sunday and Monday.  The death of a minor girl from Tirthahalli last Friday has sparked protests in town. There are differing accounts of what happened to the girl. According to some media reports the girl was allegedly kidnpped and raped. She fell ill and was initially admitted to a hospital in Shivamogga but later shifted to KMC Hospital in Manipal in the neighbouring Udupi district on doctors’ recommendation.  According to one account, the girl was reportedly caught by “moral police” in the company of a man belonging to a community not her own. The girl’s parents have alleged that the police are shielding the real culprits, but the police have denied the allegation. Police have also stated that according present information, she had not been raped.  Police have also claimed that they found a note allegedly written by the girl explaining the reasons for her death, but her parents say that she did no such thing. The girl is a student of Class VIII.
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