Bangalore, February 21 (KMS): Tension has gripped India’s state Karnataka after a 26-year-old member of Hindu extremist outfit Bajrang Dal was stabbed to death in Shivamogga district, last night. The BJP-led state regime has tried to evoke anti-Muslim violence by falsely implicating local Muslims in the murder.
After incidents of arson, police have been deployed in large numbers and the administration has restricted public gatherings. Schools and colleges in the district are shut.
The murder has set off a political slugfest, with state minister KS Eshwarappa making communally charged remarks and accusing the Opposition Congress of “giving courage to Muslim goons”.
Karnataka’s Hindu extremist government is trying to put the blame on the Muslims for political gains. Speaking to the media over the murder of Harsha, who worked as a tailor, Mr Eshwarappa said, “Muslims goons have killed him. (State Congress president) D K Shivakumar’s provocative statements have given courage to Muslim goons. This goondagiri won’t be tolerated.”
A case has been registered at Doddapete police station in Shivamogga district.
“We have found clues and are close to arresting the accused. This has nothing to do with the hijab controversy. Harsha and the gang of youths knew each other. This seems to be the result of an old rivalry,” the police officer denied the Minister’s charge.
Police said Harsha was attacked by at least four persons around 9 pm last night. He was rushed to hospital with severe injuries but did not survive.