Karnataka groups the crowdfund Rs 2 crore for the families of the victims

MANGALURU: Two weeks after violent protests against CAA left two protesters dead in Mangaluru, several organizations and individuals have contributed through Rs 2 million to help their families and the injured in the clashes.

The funds began arriving after CM BS Yediyurappa reduced the compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of each victim who had announced after the violence, said a police officer who is investigating the violence.

Former MLA BA Mohiuddeen Bava is one of those involved in the collection of funds. However, he refused to disclose details about the money raised so far. “Contributions can be stopped if we disclose this information. We are trying to help the families of the victims and the injured. They face financial difficulties after the recent violence, he said.

On December 19, protests against the CAA became violent and a crowd allegedly attempted to attack a police station. Nauseen Kudroli, 49, and Jaleel Bengre, 23, were killed when Mangaluru police opened fire to control protesters. The sources said that more than 12 people, who were injured during the protests, are still being treated in several hospitals in the coastal city.

“More than Rs 2 crore has been collected to help the victims. Taxpayers have decided that Rs 25 lakh each will be given to the families of Kudroli and Bengre. The rest will be delivered to injured protesters. We do not know when the funds will be handed over, a senior police officer told TOI.

The former CM and HD Kumaraswamy have already announced compensation to the families of the victims. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Recently announced Rs 5 lakh each for the two families.