Ullal tense after murder bid on four Muslim youths

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-04-26 19:55 Mangaluru: Tension gripped Ullal after four youths were attacked – in two separate incidents – by unidentified miscreants on Monday. All the four Muslim youths, Nafsan (30), Safwan (20), Nizam (19) and Saleem (24) are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Nafsan was on his way to fishing port from Ullal when a gang of five attacked him with a sword near Veerabhadra Temple early on Monday morning. In another incident on the same day, Safwan, Nizam and Saleem – all from Pilar village – were returning home on a two-wheeler after working as caterers at a marriage in Maddadka. They were waylaid at interiors of Thokkottu and targetted Safwan first before assaulting the other two. Despite being critically injured, Safwan managed to run and upon reaching Kapikad he contacted his friends Abdul Samad and Nazrat. They rushed to the spot and admitted Safwan and Saleem to the hospital. Meanwhile, they could not trace Nizam who was also attacked. Panicked friends searched for him till Tuesday morning but in vain. However, Nizam came to the spot where they were attacked later in the day and narrated the whole incident to police. He said that after the attack he had been hiding in a bush near Kapikad. He told police that the assailants had come in two two-wheelers – a white Honda Activa and a black motorbike. According to unconfirmed sources, the miscreants were residents of Krishnanagar and Ganeshnagar in Thokkottu. While Swafan is undergoing treatment at Mangaluru, other two are said to be out of danger. It is not yet confirmed that the same gang is behind both the attacks. While police are still investigating the reason behind the attack, it is rummoured that the youths were attacked in retaliation to the murder of Mogaveera community leader Rajesh Kotian. Rajesh was hacked to death on April 12 in Ullal. Meanwhile, security has been intensified in Ullal and surrounding areas with additional forces including KSRP and CISF, who are keeping a strict vigil in the area.