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Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy lands in controversy for his “shoot mercilessly” remarks

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Bengaluru | Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy embroiled in a controversy after a purported video, showing him ordering a police official to “shoot mercilessly” those who killed a JD(S) worker in Mandya, went viral. With the chief minister drawing flak over his response, he said “it was an emotional outburst” and he did not mean it.

The opposition BJP lashed out at Kumaraswamy over the issue and termed it “irresponsible and nonsense”. JD(S) worker H Prakash (50) was allegedly hacked to death by four men in Maddur town of Mandya district Monday evening, police said. The assailants stopped Prakash’s car when he was going home and hacked him to death with machetes. Prakash was a former Zilla Panchayat member.

Tension prevailed in Maddur and Mandya after the incident as people ‘gheraoed’ the police station demanding immediate arrest of the murderers.

Following the killing of his party man, Kumaraswamy purportedly gave instruction to the official over phone, which was caught on camera and went viral. In the video, the chief minister is heard saying that there were three murders in the past before he came to Bengaluru and he was disappointed with the police.

“I don’t know how you will handle it (the case).. because it was your responsibility. I am actually disappointed because it (the murder) brought a bad name. He (who was murdered) was a good person.. There is no problem if you shoot such people mercilessly,” he said alluding to the alleged killers. “I am least bothered (about the consequences),” the chief minister was further heard saying.

As he faced criticism, Kumaraswamy told reporters in Vijayapura that he acted in a fit of rage as he knew the victim. “It is beyond my imagination that such a person can ever be killed. My words were only an emotional outburst, which I did not mean,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy’s office also issued a statement saying the comments were an “emotional reaction” to the incident and not orders. The chief minister recalled there were two murders earlier in the locality and that he had asked the police to be careful as the accused in the crime were released on bail. “.. but no measures were taken. I think that police did not do their duty properly,” he said.

The chief minister later visited Mandya to attend the funeral of the JD(S) worker where he expressed his grief and squarely put the blame on the police for its laxity. State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa lashed out at the chief minister over the incident. “I never expected this from the chief minister. If he speaks like this, what will happen to the law and order situation? An irresponsible and nonsense statement by Kumaraswamy,” he said.

Senior BJP leader Shobha Karandjale said it was a clear case of “anarchy and lawlessness”.

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Stop all advertisements featuring Hema Malini: RLD writes to EC

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Lucknow| The Rashtriya Lok Dal Saturday urged the Election Commission to stop all advertisements featuring cine star Hema Malini, who has been renominated as BJP candidate from Mathura.

In a letter addressed to Chief Electoral Officer of UP L Venkateshwarlu, RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said, “The advertisements of a water purifying machine featuring cine star Hema Malini are appearing in various media. This is a blatant violation of model code of conduct, as in the advertisement she appeals to the public to use the water purified by the said water purifying machine.”

Dubey said, “Either the advertisement should be stopped on all media or the cost of the advertisements should be added to the election expenses of Hema Malini.”

When contacted, UP’s chief electoral officer L Venkateshwarlu told PTI a decision in the matter will be taken soon.

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‘Modi following Hilter’s tactics to grab power’: Kejriwal

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“Goons of Hitler use to beat and kill innocent people. Later, police use to file cases against the victims. Modiji is also doing the same,” said Kejriwal.

 

New Delhi| Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging he is “following” German dictator “Adolf Hitler’s tactics to grab power.”

Kejriwal launched the scathing attack on Modi while re-twitting a video that purportedly showed members of a Muslim family in Gurgaon’s Dhamaspur village being beaten up with sticks and rods by a group of men on Thursday.

Police had said a mob pelted stones at a house in Gurgaon and beat up family members, after a quarrel over a game of cricket on Holi. Later six persons were arrested for attempt to murder.

In a series of tweets, Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Modi.

“Goons of Hitler use to beat and kill innocent people. Later, police use to file cases against the victims. Modiji is also doing the same. He is following Hitler’s tactics to grab the power and his supporters are not able to see in which direction India is going,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

The Delhi Chief Minister also re-tweeted the video of the incident and said, “Look at this video. In which holy book it is written that one should beat Muslims. Is it in Gita? Or in Ramayan? Or in Hanuman Chalisa? These people are not Hindus but goons in their disguise”.

Earlier, on Friday ACP, Gurgaon, Shamsher Singh had said that the incident occurred on Thursday evening at 5.00 pm when some of the victim family members, belonging to a minority community, were playing cricket outside their residence in Bhup Singh Nagar in Bhondsi area.

According to a victim, Shahid, six to seven drunk people asked his my family members not to play cricket on the street.

The attack was captured on a cellphone by one of the victims.

The family later alleged it was a planned attack by a group of people “backed” by a Hindutva group.

The police, however, did not confirm the allegation.

AAP senior leader Sanjay Singh also alleged the BJP is trying to turn India into Taliban and urged the opposition parties to be careful of the saffron party’s tactics of “polarising people ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.”

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Adityanath to launch Lok Sabha poll campaign from Saharanpur

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Lucknow| Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will begin his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday.

UP BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said that before addressing a public meeting, Adityanath would visit the Shakumbhari Devi temple in Saharanpur and offer prayers.

He said the chief minister would highlight the achievements of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.

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