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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.

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When Prashant Bhushan and Arundhati Roy were attacked by affiliates of BJP, there was news media in place and ready seemingly with prior information.

Prashant Bhushan was beaten in his Chambers yesterday in full view of TV Cameras. The attacker slapped and manhandled him before others in the room subdued him. The audacious attack shocked people awake even as claims of culpability by Tajinder Bagga of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena trended on Facebook. First things first, here is the attack itself.

Almost immediately after the incident, questions started coming up asking why the crew did not help him instead of continuing filming. Then, more knowledgable people started questioning why the cameraman didn't panic at all with the attack. Remember how our media normally acts in crisis...

Today, The Hoot came up with an article that speculates that the media may have been aware of the upcoming attack. The article brings up several vital coincidences. To quote directly:

Its Editor, Arnab Goswami, is always polarising people and taking open editorial positions against human rights activists and authors like Arundhuti Roy. In fact there are lots of unanswered questions about the how-come and whys of the presence of Times Now crew in Prashant Bhushan's room when the attackers entered and started beating up the Supreme Court lawyer.
Had the Times Now team been forewarned by the Ram Sene group and had they quickly taken an appointment with Mr Prashanth Bhushan in order to ensure they were present ? Ram Sene and organisations like that are known to pre-warn the media (particularly TV channels) so they get all the coverage when they attack.

The article speaks of Arnab Goswami attacking activists verbally on his show. I remember watching his interview of Arvind Kejriwal and Shanti Bhushan during the Jan Lokpal movement where I actually ran word counts on the transcript and Arnab had spoken over 200 words more than both his guests put together. The intervew barely listened to anything they had to say.

Is it a coincidence that Prashant Bhushan is a member of the same team as these two - people Arnab has already attacked verbally in the name of interviewing, and a Times Now interview is happening while he is attacked? I don't know, but definitely needs to be investigated, in my opinion, if the crew was tipped about a possible attack and landed up to film it.

This reminded me of another incident which conveniently took place in the eye of the media. It was when Arundhati Roy's home was attacked by the Women Wing Mahila Morcha of the BJP on 31st October 2010.

In that article she describes OB vans from three Channels present before the attack in position to be able to cover the event live. Times Now was among the channels along with NDTV and News 24.

She also mentions an earlier attack in June by two men on motorcycles after a false report in PTI which was also accompanied by cameramen (coincidence? I doubt). The channel of this cameraman is unknown. I was not able to find the clip. If someone has access to it, please do share link.

The Hoot article lays it out:

Any veteran television person will tell you that the cameraman was prepared and not surprised one bit by the attack ! The fact that the Times Now managed to get a news coup by not only showing this footage exclusively, but later allowing all channels to use it  with a Times Now logo suggests that there was more to it then meets the eye.

This, to my mind brings up the question of where the lines blur between reporting and criminal culpability. It is something our media needs to think about. Already, our media has a reputation for covering only commercially viable news. At no time was this in starker contrast than the pathetic coverage of the floods in Assam, the isolation of Manipur, the Sikkim earthquake and the Orissa floods - all these incidents are from this year - from within the last few months and most Indians are barely aware of the dire straits of these places.

I have remarked in another article the need for these calamities to be covered adequately because lack of awareness results in lack of aid for those who need it desperately. It was the ultimate in irony that a prominent news channel was soliciting photos of floods in some areas of Delhi by its readers, when over 2 million people had been displaced and thousands of villages submerged in Orissa.

The Hoot article is a must read because of the many examples it brings up and the worrying pattern it points out with regards to ethics in coverage. One sentence that stays in my mind is:

Rogue media cannot be allowed to go unchecked as it tarnishes everyone in the business.

And I wonder if it is already too late to trust media to self monitor.

Update: Much after this post was published, an attack on a Mangalore Homestay by thugs from the Hindu Jagran Vedike led by Subhash Padil also took local media along, though in that case the journalist alerted the police and later provided statement about happenings in the assault.

Tajinder Bagga of the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena has officially joined the BJP and is currently known to be spreading disinformtation against the AAP in Varanasi and Delhi to support Modi's win in the Lok Sabha Elections.

Hindu Jagran Vedike was disowned by the BJP, but the head of the Woman's Commission for Karnataka, Manjula C of the BJP Mahila Morcha blamed the teenage victims for the brutal assault on them, as various other Sangh members defended the assault. HJV is known to be a sort of youth wing of the RSS and had represented them in kabaddi tournaments a couple of months before the attack, even as their leaders were denying any association.