Alleging that some youths in Sullia have been forcibly converted to Islam, the Dakshina Kannadadistrict unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sought action against such forces indulging inconversion. Concerns about forcible conversion were expressed following the circulation in social media platforms of an image of a certificate issued by a Kerala-based organisation stating that 24- year-old Sanjeev Gowda of Mandekolu village had adopted Islam. There was also reports of another youth from Sullia running away from his house after his father warned him against doing namaz in the house. Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase told The Hindu that so far there have been no complaint of forcible conversion from any youth. Dikshit Gowda who had left home on September 8 after his father warned him against doing namaz in the house and about whom there were rumours of having got himself converted to Islam, returned home on September 23. He has refuted the news about his conversion and clarified that he had gone away to Calicut after his father had hit him. Sathisha [Acharya] of Mandekolu came to the Sullia police station and gave a statement refuting various allegations about him. He said that the hindutva organizations have spread false news that he had got himself converted to Islam. He stated that he had neither become a Muslim nor had any intention of doing so.