2 arrested for carrying fatal weapons at Hijab protest
The Karnataka Police have arrested two people in Kundapur in Karnataka’s Udupi district for allegedly carrying lethal weapons during a protest at a government college over students’ right to wear a hijab in classrooms.
The two accused were identified as Abdul Majeed (32) and Rajab (41) were arrested from the site while three others managed to flee. Of the accused at least one is a repeat offender – have been charged with attempted homicide, rioting with a deadly weapon, and criminal conspiracy.
The two arrested were part of a group of five people spotted loitering around the protest site on Friday, and are not believed to be part of the students’ agitation.
S T Siddalingappa, the Additional SP of Udupi Police said, “We are trying to trace the other three abscondings. They had one knife and they were not locals. They are from Gangolli. They have been sent to judicial custody. The case is under investigation.”
Earlier in January 2022, a few students of the Government Pre-University College in Udupi were denied entry into a classroom for wearing a hijab, as the hijab is not a part of their uniform. As a result, several students started demonstrating outside the classroom along with members of the Islamic Organisation of India.
Later, the hijab row spread to other parts of the state and escalated into a major controversy, with political parties wading in. Congress MLA Kaneez Fatima and her supporters held a protest against the State government at Kalaburgi on Saturday.
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