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CCTV clips show police storming into Mangaluru hospital, firing tear-gas shells

Video 1: Shows that a tear gas shell was thrown in Highland Hospital lobby in Mangaluru

Friday December 20, 2019 5:57 PM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

Mangaluru Police Storm Highland Hospital

Mangaluru: At least three video clips are taking rounds in the media that showed Mangaluru police storming into Highland Hospital, forcefully entering the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and firing tear-gas shells.

The CCTV footage of Highland Hospital went viral simultaneously with the reports that more than 20 journalists, majority of them from the neighbouring Kerala, who went to the hospital for ground reporting, were detained by the Mangauru police.

"CCTV footage from 6.56 pm on Thursday from the Highland Hospital in Mangaluru shows two Karnataka police personnel rushing through a corridor and trying to open a door in a ward by kicking it down", The News Minute said in a report tagging the CCTV footage.

"Initially, the policemen successfully open the door and go inside, when the people inside push them out. Within seconds, more police personnel join them and try to break open the door using lathis, shields and by kicking at it", the report said.

"In another video, around the same time, the police can be seen charging at people in the hospital’s lobby, where the waiting area is located. A few people can be seen wearing masks, some covering their noses and running into the Intensive Care Unit and closing the door before the police can get to them", the report said.

"This, hospital sources say, happened after the police threw tear gas shells into the hospital", the report said.

A third CCTV footage shows a few protesters pelting stones at police and running inside the hospital. A crowd gathered there too rushes in with them.

Police had on Thursday said that 02 people died from bullet injuries sustained in police firing during the protest against Citizen Amendment Act 2019.

"Jaleel Kandak, 49, and Naushan Kudroli, 23, who received bullet injuries when the police fired on protesters near the Deputy Commissioner's office in Mangaluru, succumbed to their injuries at a private hospital," the source told IANS.

Early on Friday various media personnel reached the Highland Hospital where the autopsy of the two deceased was supposed to be conducted. The police however asked them not to report from there and later taken into custody.

The detention of media personnel sent shock waves in Kerala and top leaders of the state cutting across political affiliations raised strong objections on the action taken by Mangalore police.

CCTV footage of Mangaluru police storming Highland Hospital surfaced about 05 days after Delhi police broke into Jamia campus, lobbed tear-gas shells inside the library and beat a number of students who were busy studying.

Meanwhile, another video of Congress leaders being detained at Mnagalore airport is also widely shared by the social media users.

"I was visiting Manguluru to meet the families of the two protesters who were shot dead during the protest. We were detained by the police at the airport itself," tweeted former irrigation minister M.B. Patil.

Prakash Rathod, Congress legislative council member told IANS: "S.R. Patil, Nazeer Ahmed, Ugrappa and Basavaraj Rayareddy accompanied Patil in their attempted visit to Manguluru to assess the ground situation in the light of protests and police ban order."

"The Congress leaders went to pay respects to the two people who died in Mangaluru yesterday and meet their families," Rathod said.

Commenting on the police action, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said BJP Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa is making Karnataka another Kashmir. "All rights enshrined in the Constitution are curtailed", he said.

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