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Here is an update from Facebook.

Shiv-Sainiks were ransacking a small hotel in Versova and my maid's kid, along with 5 friends, heard about it and went over to the hotel to see what had happened.

By the time they got there, the Shiv-Sainiks were gone and police had arrived. With no-one to catch, the police went after these kids and caught 2 out of 6 of them.

They have been beating those 2 kids for about 2 weeks, demanding to know about 'their leader'. The 2 kids have finally broken and since they have nobody to name, they have named their remaining 4 friends.

As I type this, the 4 kids are scared shitless and hiding from the police while the police has issued arrest warrants and is harassing the families for their whereabouts. They all know that all the kids will be beaten to a pulp if they are taken in.

To me, this looks like the police needing to and blaming innocents for damage caused by the Shiv-Sena, since they obviously can't go after the real culprits.

I need to help these kids. I'm looking for this to get any media attention it can, or any legal advice on the matter, or any intervention by anyone who is in a position to make one.

PLEASE share this and help me help these innocent kids. The families are at the police station NOW - other members of the families are being taken in. there's no saying what methods they will employ to find these kids, only to blame them and punish them for the SHIV-SENA's actions.

Trying to find out details, but this clearly shows how entrenched the thuggery is among both Shiv Sena and the police. Here is an urgent need for the state to claim its streets back.

Update: Mumbai Mirror reports a robbery of a pub in Versova by people "pretending to be Shiv Sena"

The Versova police on Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly led 10 other men and ransacked and looted money from a pub claiming to be Shiv Sena members.

The accused, identified as Sopan Karande, was part of the group that had attacked the staff of a pub named Soda at Versova on November 14. After assaulting the owner and staff, they allegedly fled with cash kept at the cash counter.

On Wednesday evening, a staffer of the pub, Sandeep Patil, 23, saw the accused who was leading the group that evening, sitting in a shoe shop at Seven Bungalows in Andheri, and alerted his employer.

The owner, Vikram Ramakrishnan, 33, reached the spot with a few police officers and identified the accused as one of the group that had ransacked the pub. “On November 14, some men started forcing people to shut their shops and restaurants claiming that Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray had died. Everyone shut down their shops, we also did, and a few customers who had ordered food were finishing it, when the group barged inside,” said Vikram in his statement to Versova police.

He added, “The group led by Karande and another person, started abusing everyone and then started assaulting the staff. When I tried to stop them they assaulted me also, and then ransacked the place. We later realized that Rs 20,000 in the cash counter had been stolen.” A case on charges of dacoity and rioting was registered with the Versova police on November 15 against 10 to 15 unidentified persons.

“We have arrested the accused and are questioning him to find out if he belongs to any political party,” said Senior Police Inspector Prakash Borse from the Versova police station.

Vikram had suffered a head injury as the accused hit him with a stone, while five staffers also suffered injuries. “The accused was accompanied by his brother and 10 other people. Two were nabbed but the attacker escaped” said Vikram’s wife Manvi.

Points to note:

  • News story is from the 29th. The story of the police harassing the "kids" seems to be from an hour back (11am ish) today (30th).
  • The description of the timings of the events seems to match in both stories.
  • Is the person harassed the same as the "kid" from the Facebook story?
  • Why, if someone has already been arrested are "kids" being harassed today?
  • Is the person arrested to let of the Shiv Sena guys? Or is the arrested criminal claiming innocence and being targeted to protect the Shiv Sena? Hope our newspapers are able to snoop more on this.
  • For someone to falsely accuse Shiv Sena has gotta be suicidal, particularly considering the form they are in since Bal Thackeray's death. So seems highly unlikely that a random thief would accuse Shiv Sena to save himself. Accusing Bhaiyas getting Sena on their side made more sense in Mumbai. Just saying.

Wonder what's happening here.

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Subhash Padil led the attack on the homestay Morning Mist in Mangalore. To put it bluntly, he is a dog with a long list of crimes related with bullying and attacks on other people being protected by the masters who use him to hunt for fun and profit and a general rent-a-thug for builders and land sharks.

While being arrested, the coward admitted the raid had been conducted by Hindu Jagaran Vedike, but flat out lied and denied that anyone from the party had been assaulted.

This illustrious example of Hindutva has some 21 cases against him for reasons varying from extortion to rioting. And before someone comes screaming at me for lampooning Hindutva, I want to point out that he was the city coordinator for Hindu Jagarana Vedike and it seems quite unlikely that the xenophobic bunch will appoint someone they don't see embodying their ideals in such an important position. For that matter, state coordinator Karanth, while officially distancing the organization from the attack has said "These are false accusations. But, it gives us pleasure to be accused of stopping such things". The cases against him were no secret, and the Hindu Jagarana Vedike seem to openly acknowledge that they were part of his work with them.

The Saturday attack has been excused by various authority figures as sex trafficking, resort culture, locals having a problem with being disturbed by goings on in the homestay, drinking and skimpy clothes, etc. but media has uncovered information that he was an extortionist who got Rs.5000/- from the homestay every month till the previous month after which apparently the locals had decided not to entertain him anymore. This attack was probably intimidation. However, the mob was incited by telling them that it was Muslim boys engaging in obscenities with Hindu girls (a Hindutva compatible reason for attack).

Post the attack, this excuse seems to have morphed into "saving culture" by attacking a "rave party" (also Hindutva compatible reasons for attacking people) - probably didn't find the Muslim boys and needed a face saver or an excuse for attacking girls. The police have categorically denied any drugs and said they only found a few beer bottles and cigarettes.

Two days before this attack, around 1.30 p.m. on July 26, Padil’s followers kidnapped and assaulted a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl travelling in a bus from Mudipu to Mangalore. The couple were handed over to the Bunder Police who took no action against the assailants.

Ten days before the attack, this thug had an altercation with Bajrang Dal leader Sharan Pumpwell over political turf and visibility within the Sangh Parivar. It apparently didn't go well for this bully, since Padil wanted to set up an office in Pumpwell, centre of Sharan’s power base, but had to agree to open the office in nearby Shivbaugh instead. A Parivar insider claims that the attack was also a rivalry message to prove a point to other Hindutva outfits.

On May 25 this year, a First Information Report was slapped on him along with contractors and officials of the Mangalore Special Economic Zone for assaulting a family of farmers which opposed land acquisition for the project. Four of them, including two children, had to be hospitalised.

He has no concept of breaking and entering being illegal (or he is above the law), and just four months ago had attacked three boys and one girl from a band after crashing the venue they were partying at. He had brought along a professional videographer and forced the girl to sit close to the boys to make it look immoral (the Hindutva guys justify immorality as one reason for attack) and uploaded the video on youtube, threatening the group with dire consequences if they complained.

This seems disturbingly like the Saturday incident, where also the girls clothes were ripped and a boy whose clothes were stripped forced to get on the bed with them. Apparently it doesn't matter if the immorality comes after the attack (or is the invention of the attacker), quite like the queen in Alice in Wonderland screaming "off with their heads" before the crime is committed. To me, this has a creepy similarity with serial killers posing their victims after killing them. Though thankfully these were alive.

This dog seems to be fairly well connected, since some of his attacks were very serious and yet he was out in three months after the Amnesia pub attack in 2009 when he was with Sri Ram Sene and among the accused - where also girls were beaten. The district administration had initiated externment proceedings against Subhash Padil, Prasad Attavar and few others in February that year. But Subhash and Prasad managed to get the proceedings stayed by the court and the externment did not take place. He was removed from the notorious Sri Ram Sene for sheer thuggery and joined Hindu Jagarana Vedike - an RSS outfit.

In 2008, this shining example of Hindutva and his band of merry men tried to stab journalist Sudipto Mondal and  television journalist Agnel Rodriguez with a trident when they caught them vandalising shops whose owners defied the shutdown call over the Ram Sethu controversy. Prasad Attavara, then a leader of Sri Rama Sene (where Padil was then), slapped Padil publicly for this.

When the leader of an outfit as notorious and violence friendly slaps someone for being violent, or when that person eventually gets kicked out because of violence and continues while out on bail, anyone with half a brain sits up and takes notice. It shows powerful people within the state machinery are providing this bastard impunity.

If the BJP is smart, it should ditch this person to take the fall for his crimes and ditch all associations related with this crime or have the country wondering at election time about if corruption is better than physical attacks by government approved rent-a-thugs, after all.

Note: Any references to bastard are about Subhash Padil. Any references to dog are the two legged Subhash Padil too. I need to learn better abuse. Will replace with better insults. Till then, apologies to anyone other than Subhash Padil and supporters being offended.

Sources:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3704704.ece

http://www.asianage.com/india/immoral-police-strike-again-mangalore-846

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-30/bangalore/32941567_1_mangalore-subash-padil-birthday-party

https://aamjanata.com/mangalore-attack-reporters-account-reveals-impunity-to-fanatism-and-assaults/

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/bengaluru/moral-policing-or-extortion-game-869

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/bengaluru/state-rages-against-moral-police-8-held-870

This list is not exhaustive, but I have read hundreds of articles, so difficult to list them all.