Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district witnessed protests and tense scenes on on Wednesday following the murder of a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader, Praveen Nettaru, who was hacked to death by unidentified persons on the evening of July 26.
With Hindutva groups calling for a bandh in the Puttur, Sullia and Kabada Taluks in the district, Puttur Assistant Commissioner M Girish Nandan on Wednesday passed an order to impose Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code from 6 am on July 27 to 12 am on July 28. According to the order, gathering or movement of people in groups of five and more in these areas are prohibited.
Praveen’s murder comes just a few days after a man named Masood, also from the same district was attacked by a gang, following which he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. BJYM workers in the district feel that Praveen’s murder was part of a retaliatory attack and it has been reported that the police has beefed up security in Sullia and surrounding taluks to maintain law and order.
The ruling BJP government in Karnataka was also not spared the anger of Hindutva groups in Dakshina Kannada over the BJYM leader’s murder. The vehicle in which BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel and Dakshina Kannada district-in-charge V Sunil Kumar were travelling were gheraoed by BJYM workers who were heard shouting slogans against the BJP. The police had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the protesters.
Meanwhile, Rishikesh Sonawane, district superintendent of police of Dakshina Kannada told PTI that investigations are on and there is no breakthrough as of now. To a query on the possibility of the assailants coming from Kerala, DK district superintendent of police Rishikesh Sonawane said the police are working on various angles.
32-year-old Praveen Nettaru was an active member of the Sangh Parivar who made his presence felt in social and political circles, said BJP DK district president Sudarshan Moodbidri.