Mangalore: Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike staged a protest in front of the DC office here on Friday, May 25 demanding action against the organisation that smeared cow dung on the face of Pattabhirama Somayaji, a professor at University College, Mangalore.
They protested against the proposed Cow Slaughter Bill and the policies of Mangalore City Corporation, which they termed as anti non-vegetarian.
General secretary of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, K L Ashok in his address targeted Bajrang Dal convenor Sharan Pompwell, which he alleged was responsible for the cow-smearing incident. He said that such organisations have repeatedly broken the law, which necessitated action against Saffron outfits in the state.
Condemning the proposed Cow Slaughter Bill in state assembly, he said that it was an attempt to prevent the accessibility of cheap and nutritious food for the downtrodden sections of the society. He pointed out that even though all sections of society were trading cattle, only minorities were being targeted.
He said that a lack of proper policy in the city corporation about slaughter houses has resulted in several problems for people involved in meat trade. He said that it was an attempt to destroy their source of living.
District president of the Vedike Suresh Bhat Baakrabail, G Rajashekar, Dalit leader Deekayya, state president of PUCL P B D’Sa, president of Catholic Sabha Nigel Pereira, Ali Hasan of Meat Traders Association and others were present.