Controversially, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra on Wednesday claimed that a 22-year-old man was recently killed here because he did not know Urdu, but later withdrew the incident due to street anger. His remarks provoked strong reactions from opposition parties. “I have gathered information about Chandru’s murder. He was asked to speak in Urdu. He did not know. When he said that he did not know any language other than Kannada, they repeatedly stabbed him to death,” Gyanendra said.
Noting that the victim was a Dalit youth and had been inhumanely killed, he said police had already arrested several people in the case and further investigations were underway. However, Bangalore Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said the killings were caused by street anger. “Around 2.30 am on April 4, Simon Raj and Chandru, two friends, went to a food shop in Hosaguddadhalli, and they were returning because the shop was closed. When they got back on their bikes, they collided with each other. The bikes were being ridden by a martyr,” he said. During the fight, Shahid stabbed Chandru in the right thigh with two friends (who joined him) and the assassins fled the scene. Chandru was transferred to Victoria Hospital, where he died of his injuries. The three accused have been arrested, “Pant said. Gyanendra later retracted his statement, saying it was source-based information, which was” incorrect “.” I have just received a detailed report … But that’s not right … he was stabbed to death after the bike collided, “said the minister.
Hitting Gyanendra, senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah said it was “unfortunate” that he was the home minister of the state and “unfit to hold office”. JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said the home minister’s statement was aimed at disrupting communal harmony in the state and was “irresponsible”.
“They (ruling BJP) are also trying to politicize the murder ….” He said. Responding to the development, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bomai, who is currently in New Delhi, said he had no information about the incident and would collect it.
“I will not comment without knowing the details of the case, I will get the details of the case … on the basis of which I will look at what he said and then comment,” he said. Gyanendra had earlier also sparked controversy over his remarks in the context of a gang-rape incident in Mysore.
She said she should not have survived the gang-rape and had gone to the secluded place of her male friend, and claimed that the opposition Congress was trying to “rape” her by targeting her after the incident.
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