New Delhi: Three people have been arrested in connection with murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka. Superintendent of Police B M Lakshmi stated that they have requested the district collector to impose a curfew starting tonight till Tuesday morning. “Everything is peaceful after the procession ended. The total deployment of police forces will be more than 500 in number,” he said.
Superintendent of Police B M Lakshmi Prasad told reporters that a taskforce has been formed to track down those behind the incident. “Our priority is to find them and get them punished. We request people to cooperate with us and not to act emotionally,” Prasad said.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Selvamani R said prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC have been clamped in the town and orders have been given to shut all the schools and colleges. “Police are investigating the case and trying to find out the criminals. We are also working with them. Already section 144 has been clamped in the entire city. So, we have announced a holiday for the schools and colleges,” Selvamani said.
In the wake of the Shivamogga murder, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra addressed a press conference on Monday assuring the arrest of all those involved in the killing.
The state Home Minister also assured that the government would not let the law and order deteriorate, or protests spread outside of Shivamogga. Assuring the deployment of enough security personnel, he revealed that forces from Bengaluru were being brought in. Jnanendra also responded to Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje demand for an NIA investigation, saying that it was too early to take a call on it.
Bajrang Dal worker Harsha’s brother Praveen says, “My brother was an active member of the sangathan [group]. He only used to think about Hindus and that is what killed him. Last night we were informed that he has been admitted to a hospital. We want strict to be taken against the culprits.”
The murder of a Bajrang Dal activist in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district on Sunday night triggered a war of words between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress even as the state government appealed for the residents to maintain peace and harmony.
(With Inputs from ANI)