Mangaluru, Feb 3: An elderly couple was brutally attacked by a group of miscreants, suspected to be activists of a saffron group at Kalladka in Bantwal taluk on Monday night.
The unprovoked and unexpected attack took place hours after miscreants belonging to two communities involved in a clash following a road accident in the communally sensitive town.
It is learnt that the miscreants waylaid and attacked 80-year-old Ahmed Ali and his 75-year-old wife Mariyamma, residents of Kalladka, when they were returning home after visiting a private hospital for routine health check up.
Both of them have sustained severe injuries in the attack and have been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Mangaluru.
“I am suffering from age related multiple ailments including heart and blood pressure problems. My wife is also suffering from high blood pressure. We have to visit the hospital at least once in a week. On Monday we went to a nearby hospital at around 5 p.m. and when we started walking towards home it was around 8:30 p.m.,” says Ahmed Ali, who was not even aware of the group clash that took place in Kalladka prior to the attack.
“A group of 10 to 15 miscreants approached us and started hurling abusive words. Then they began to manhandle us. One among them attempted to hit on my head with a heavy stick. When I tried to escape it hit on my cheek,” he says.
Ahmed Ali’s 23-year-old son Abdul Razzak, who rushed to spot, was also attacked by the same group of miscreants. However, he was discharged from the hospital after treatment.
Mariyamma, who is in a state of shock, said that neither she nor his husband was aware why they were beaten by the mob without any provocation. “Our elder son is a daily wage worker. He has to take care of our family. Our younger son is mentally challenged. Who will bear our hospital bills now? Only Allah can help us,” she said.
Muslim body condemns
Strongly condemning the brutal attack by miscreants in Kalladka, Dakshina Kannada United Muslims Organisation has urged the police to nab the culprits immediately.
A delegation of the organisation led by its president K Ashraf visited the couple in the hospital on Tuesday to give them moral support.
“This is one more attempt by anti-social elements to disrupt peace in the society. Police should immediately arrest the culprits and give justice to this elderly couple,” said Mr. Ashraf.