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Mangalore: The Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) meeting held at the zilla panchayat hall in Mangalore on Tuesday July 31 witnessed much chaos and confusion as a result of remarks passed by a member relating to the resort attack.
The meeting was held to discuss development works in the city, but instead the July 28 attack on young boys and girls by Hindu Jagaran Vedike at a Padil resort became the cynosure of the meeting.
The trouble began when Jayanti C Shetty, an independent candidate, called the attackers belonging to Hindu Janajagarana Vedike as 'Sangh Parivar' goons.
Unable to digest the accusation made by Jayanthi, the BJP corporators fired back at her. BJP members demanded that she either be expelled from the meeting or apologize unconditionally or her remarks.
Corporators Mariyamma Thomas, Abdul Aziz, former mayor Shashidhar Hegde, and other Congress members came to Jayanti's support.
But Jayanthi refused to apologize stating the she did not accuse any party calling it goon, but it were the criminals who were involved in the illegal act about whom she made the remark.
During the meeting, corporator Naveen D'Souza brought to the notice that there were several illegal home stays and such other accommodations in various parts of the city, and that the deputy commissioner along with the police should trace them and take suitable action.
Corporators Appi and Ashok expressed concern over the fact that several such incidents have been reported in the city, indicating that there's not enough protection for girls in the city. They said that this matter should be taken seriously so that such incidents do not repeat in the future.
On this occasion a memorandum was submitted to Mayor Gulzar Banu, stating that MCC condemns the attack on the Morning Mist Home Stay resort, wherein the activists misbehaved and treated the girls cruelly. The attack which was made in the name of saving Indian culture was totally immoral. It also stated that incident had brought shame to Mangalore and they urge the government to arrest all the persons responsible, and punish them severely.
Mayor Gulzar Banu, deputy mayor Amithakala, MCC commissioner Harish Kumar, corporators Shakila Kava, Sudhir Shetty, Tilak Raj, Shankar Bhat, Vijaykumar Shet, Deepak Kumar, Ashok D K, Nagendra and others were present on the occasion.