Manipal Police Crackdown – A student perspective

The following mail was sent to us by a student of School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University.

I am writing this to you as the media is the only system left that can provide justice for all in our country today. The politicians, the police, the authorities and sometimes even the law is corrupt. But among all this, Media remains to be the one system that speaks for the “little guy” and stands up for justice.

I am writing to you concerning several cases of harassment of students by Manipal Police. Manipal is a university town sprawling with students from different states and countries. It is known to have a few drug problems as well it has a number of suicide cases of students taking their own lives after being intoxicated.

Recently, A student had committed suicide due to drugs as claimed by the police and papers. The police have begun closing all restaurants and shops by 11:30pm so as to minimize movement around the area. They have also started searching suspected apartments for drugs and have caught many drug dealers. This is all commendable though the effort has started late.

Over the past week, the police have beaten over 13 students walking back/to a friends apartment after 11:30pm. Students go to watch the last film which ends at 12pm and visit each others houses for group discussion and studies. The Manipal Police have been stopping students walking or on bikes and beating them without question. The police do not ask for students’ Id cards neither do they ask any question as to where the student has been or is going. Numerous students stay in apartments as the Hostels are very expensive and visit each others houses for video games or studies. The police have started this brutal action the beginning of this week and everyone is too afraid of saying anything as the university has good relations with the police. Something needs to be done so that the police do not harass students in this way. Students are afraid of walking around. This has instilled fear in many. It is very unpatriotic and uncivilized for the police to catch students and beat them with sticks without questioning.

I hope you will look into this as “Media” is the only source of justice left in this country.

We at Manipal Times have got information through our sources that the SP, Udupi district has been appraised of this situation and he has promised to look in to this matter. He was furious when informed of this. We hope to keep abreast of this situation. – Editor

  • Odija Yobs

    The student who sent this uses the pen name: Odija Yobs
    Great Work!!

  • Odija Yobs

    The student who sent this uses the pen name: Odija Yobs
    Great Work!!

  • kgk

    “Visit friends’ houses for video games or studies”? Really? Who are we trying to cheat by saying that?

    • ravi

      doesn’t matter ! until and unless he/she is not doing anything against the law! we have every right to be any where,any time !

    • kt

      how d f*ck do u care ??????
      india is a free country..we can roam arnd on d streets even at 3 am if we want

    • ZZZ

      Whose fucking business is it for what reason students actually visit other student’s houses? Unless the police have proof of criminal activity, they cannot take action. And “action” implies proper proceedings, not randomly beating people up. Innocent until proven guilty.

  • kgk

    “Visit friends’ houses for video games or studies”? Really? Who are we trying to cheat by saying that?

    • ravi

      doesn’t matter ! until and unless he/she is not doing anything against the law! we have every right to be any where,any time !

    • kt

      how d f*ck do u care ??????
      india is a free country..we can roam arnd on d streets even at 3 am if we want

    • ZZZ

      Whose fucking business is it for what reason students actually visit other student’s houses? Unless the police have proof of criminal activity, they cannot take action. And “action” implies proper proceedings, not randomly beating people up. Innocent until proven guilty.

  • LS

    It’s time the students band together and take back our town. This is not a curfew state. They can’t just impose martial law whenever they deem fit.
    The police have developed a lopsided view of what is needed to enforce law and order and their solution is the oldest method in the book, brutality. But they need to remember this is not Taliban.
    If the university cannot protect its students then they are letting us down.

  • LS

    It’s time the students band together and take back our town. This is not a curfew state. They can’t just impose martial law whenever they deem fit.
    The police have developed a lopsided view of what is needed to enforce law and order and their solution is the oldest method in the book, brutality. But they need to remember this is not Taliban.
    If the university cannot protect its students then they are letting us down.

  • lol

    12 AM*

  • lol

    12 AM*

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  • Paul

    U guys r all talk. Can’t do no s h i t

  • Paul

    U guys r all talk. Can’t do no s h i t

  • lold

    Glad to hear the SP isn’t trying to justify these alleged actions. Hope common sense prevails. The police aren’t our enemies but they shouldn’t bully soft targets either.

  • lold

    Glad to hear the SP isn’t trying to justify these alleged actions. Hope common sense prevails. The police aren’t our enemies but they shouldn’t bully soft targets either.

  • SP’s satan

    The world needs to read this page. The world needs to condemn the SP of Manipal who has turned a despot. If he thinks he can rule by fear and not respect , he is wrong. India is a democracy n what the SP is doing is violating the very core concept of democracy, the biggest crime. Justice should be brought.

  • SP’s satan

    The world needs to read this page. The world needs to condemn the SP of Manipal who has turned a despot. If he thinks he can rule by fear and not respect , he is wrong. India is a democracy n what the SP is doing is violating the very core concept of democracy, the biggest crime. Justice should be brought.