Attack on Malayali students in Mangaluru: Accused used sticks, belts to unleash violence

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Mangaluru: Malayali students, who faced a moral policing attack from a gang at a beach in Managaluru, were subjected to a brutal beating using sticks, rocks and belts.

Following the incident, the police nabbed seven people associated with a far-right Hindu extremist group.

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The incident happened on Thursday night when three male friends, accompanied by three female friends, were sitting at Someshwar Beach. As per their complaint, around 30 people attacked them using stones and belts.

The three boys arrived from Kasaragod for vacation and were joined by their three female friends from a medical college in Mangaluru. Moral policing gangs unleashed attacks on the students after learning about their religious identities.

"They (students) were sitting on a rock near the beach. A group of people asked for their ID cards. They enquired about the religion, and upon learning that they belong to different religions, the miscreants attacked them using belts, stones and sticks. Later, more people came to the place. They absconded after the police came to the spot," a friend of the injured students said.

Following the incident, the police launched a probe and assigned two teams to the case. Based on the information provided by the students, police nabbed seven individuals.

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