Controversy over alleged murder of Bajrang Dal member in BJP-ruled Karnataka


The alleged murder of a Bajrang Dal member in BJP-ruled Karnataka has stirred fresh controversy. Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

According to reports, Bajrang Dal member Harsha was found dead in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district. A tailor by profession, the deceased hailed from the Seegehatti area in Shivamogga district, 270km from the state capital of Bengaluru.

Several vehicles were set on fire after the news of Bajrang Dal member’s death emerged.

Siddaramaiah was quoted by ANI as saying, “I condemn this incident. It took place in the district from where the home minister & CM come. The culprit should be hanged. I demand the state home minister’s resignation.”

Bommai told reporters, “One Harsha was stabbed to death yesterday. Few leads have been gathered in the incident during the investigation which started last night.”

Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa, who recently triggered controversy by saying that a saffron flag will be hoisted at the Red Fort, said that he was very disturbed by the ‘murder’ of the Bajrang Dal member. “He was killed by ‘Musalmaan goondas’ (Muslim goons). I’m going to Shivamogga now to analyse the situation. We’ll not allow ‘goondaism’,” Eshwarappa said.

Karnataka has been tense due to the government’s controversial order banning Muslim girls from entering schools with hijab. The Karnataka High Court too has
faced criticism for its controversial interim order banning the use of religious dress.