Tensions are high in Shivamogga, Karnataka, after a 26-year-old member of the right-wing Bajrang Dal was stabbed to death on Sunday night.
The news: Following arson occurrences, police have been deployed in considerable numbers, and public gatherings have been banned by the authorities. For the time being, the district’s schools and universities will be closed. Police have identified clues, according to Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai, and are working on them.
- KS Eshwarappa, Karnataka’s Rural Development Minister, has accused DK Shivakumar, the Congress’ Karnataka president, of encouraging the murders with comments he made during the hijab protests.
What they said: The minister stated of Harsha, a Bajrang Dal member who also worked as a tailor, “He was an excellent worker. He was a trustworthy young man. He was assassinated by Muslim thugs last night.”
- DK Shivakumar recently stated that the national flag had been changed with a saffron flag, and that a business in Surat had been asked to produce 50 lakh saffron shawls for the anti-hijab rally. After he made these statements, the ‘goondaism’ grew. “This ‘goondaism’ will not be tolerated any longer. We will assist the murdered man’s family in every way we can.”
- In response to the statement, Mr Shivakumar has asked for Eshwarappa’s resignation as minister.
What happened: According to primary investigation, Harsha’s death is unrelated to the recent debate over students wearing hijab on campus.
- “We’ve discovered evidence and are on the verge of apprehending the suspect. This has nothing to do with the current hijab debate. Harsha and the gang of young people were familiar with each other. This appears to be the outcome of a long-standing feud,” said an officer.
- Harsha was attacked by at least four people at 9 p.m. last night, according to police. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, but he died.
- Unidentified individuals set fire to multiple vehicles in Shivamogga shortly after the incident.
- Images from the city showed burned-out cars and a large police presence. Police in riot gear marched through the neighbourhood to prevent a retaliation for the attack.
- Araga Jnanendra, the Karnataka Home Minister, met with Harsha’s family members in the hospital this morning.
According to the minister, 4-5 people may have been engaged in the murder. “Police have discovered a clue, and the motive for the murder will be revealed after the inquiry is completed. We don’t yet know if this attack was carried out by a specific group. There have been enough security precautions taken. Although there were some protests last night, the situation is currently under control.”