Was Mangalore police shooting to kill ? Multiple videos raise questions
December 23, 2019In a video tweeted by National Social Media Coordinator of Mahila Congress Lavanya Ballal, policemen are heard talking in Kannada about shots having been fired and 'no one died'.
— Lavanya Ballal | ಲಾವಣ್ಯ ಬಲ್ಲಾಳ್ (@LavanyaBallal) December 20, 2019Following the publication of the video a number of commentators brought up the question of how the words were said – were the cops angry that despite firing so many rounds nobody was hit or were they relieved that a number of shots were fired but nobody died. Since the video forms a very small portion of a larger video, there is no way to verify the context. But the conversation does take on a sinister tone once other videos are also seen where policemen appear to be firing into the crowd.
In this video, why is the cop firing bullets at people in Mangalore, Karnataka?
Was there any shoot at sight orders by the DM!?
CM Yediyurappa and Home Minister must answer as to what's happening.pic.twitter.com/xHzOkq2cey
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) December 19, 2019Here's a tweet by journalist Arun Dev
Let this sink in: Karnataka police used military grade assault rifle against unarmed civilians, and killed two of them.
Killed two of them.#CAAProtest
— Arun Dev (@ArunDev1) December 19, 2019In yet another video, the Mangaluru police can be seen storming the Highland hospital where the injured were taken and dragging people out. Tweeted by journalist Pooja Prasanna.
A CCTV footage, allegedly from Highland Hospital in #Mangaluru from today evening has surfaced which shows police kicking open doors and swinging lathis. Not tweeting video at this point. Waiting for clarity from police, @BSBommai. Disturbing developments. #CAAProtests pic.twitter.com/CajwX5gAnM
— Pooja Prasanna (@PoojaPrasanna4) December 19, 2019In the end two young men lost their lives in police firing. So did the Mangaluru police indeed shoot to kill ? Were there orders from above ? Will this shocking incident ever be investigated ?
First published in Sabrang India.
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