Udupi : Police has arrested an active member of Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV), a Hindutva extremists organisation whose several members are involved in many criminal cases, in connection of two cases – pelting stone at a mosque at Adi Udupi and stabbing two Muslim auto-rickshaw drivers at Karavali Circle in the wee hours of January 29.
The accused is identified as Ankit Poojary, police traced him after investigating the CCTV footage from the crime scene. He is an active member of HJV who also faces charges in other communal cases.
According to a reports , Ankit Poojary (28) from Kumpala, Mangaluru pelted stones at Noorul Islam mosque at Adi-Udupi in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The crime was captured on CCTV installed outside the mosque.
Report says, Before damaging the mosque, he picked up a fight with an auto-rickshaw drivers, named as Haneef and his relative Shabbir. Hanif (Age 54), a resident of Doddanagudde was on his way to home when Ankit allegedly stabbed him to death. When his relative Shabbir, 55, rushed to rescue him from the sudden attack, attacker Ankit stabbed him too and immediately fled from the crime scene.
While Hanif died on the spot, Shabbeer suffered severe injuries.
According to police sources, the accused came to visit his in-laws house and was in a drunken state at the time of committing the crime.
Hindu Jagarana Vedike is an extremists organisation.
In the name of cow protection, HJV activists have been dividing society and spreading disharmony among various castes and religions. It’s members are involved in several criminal cases like riots, cow vigilantes and murders.
Last year on August 2016, BJP member Praveen Poojary (29), was beaten to death with steel rods by activists of the Hindu Jagrana Vedike (HJV) for transporting cattle at Karjike in Udupi district.
Praveen along with Devadiga were transporting four cows from a house at Muddur in a van towards Udupi when they were stopped by a group of 20 HJV activists and brutally beaten thinking they were cow smugglers.