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Indian police detain 2 more in Hindu activist murder, curfew extended till Feb 25 in Shivamogga

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BENGALURU: Two more people were detained in the Bajrang Dal Hindu activist murder case in Shivamogga, where district authorities have extended the prohibitory orders till Friday.

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said on Wednesday that he has ordered an inquiry against the policemen posted in two police stations in this district headquarters town, in the backdrop of the incident. Underlining the need to audit the performance of Kote and Doddapete police stations in Shivamogga.

He said, “We need to ascertain how many police officers and personnel were there in these two police stations in the past five years and how they monitored these accused (those eight arrested) who have a huge criminal past.”

Meanwhile, Kannada film actor and activist Chetan Kumar A alias Chetan Ahimsa was arrested for allegedly making comments against a Karnataka High Court judge who is part of a bench hearing the batch of petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutions. Also, the Karnataka police have registered a case of rioting and causing hurt after a mob attacked the brother of one of the hijab petitioners and vandalised their eatery in Udupi on Monday night. In other news, six people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 26-year-old Bajrang Dal activist in Shivamogga district on Sunday night, according to police.

More persons were arrested in the Bajrang Dal activist murder case in Shivamogga, where district authorities have extended the prohibitory orders till Friday.  Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said on Wednesday that he has ordered an inquiry against the policemen posted in two police stations in this district headquarters town, in the backdrop of the incident.              

Underlining the need to audit the performance of Kote and Doddapete police stations in Shivamogga, he said, “We need to ascertain how many police officers and personnel were there in these two police stations in the past five years and how they monitored these accused (those eight arrested) who have a huge criminal past.” He warned that ‘irresponsible’ police officers will not be spared, which led to ‘the incidents’.           

Shivamogga Superintendent of Police B M Laxmi Prasad said on Tuesday six people have been booked in connection with the murder of the 28-year-old Harsha, who was stabbed with lethal weapons by a group of people here on Sunday night. “Eight people have been arrested so far officially while interrogation of others is on,” Jnanendra, who hails from the Shivamogga district, told reporters. 

JP MP Tejasvi Surya on Tuesday said the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha on Sunday night was an act of the “Kerala model of terror”. He also demanded that the incident should not be treated as an isolated individual case but an act of terror.    

Harsha was a dedicated Bajrang Dal activist who lived and died for Hindutva, Surya told reporters after meeting his parents here. He added that growing Islamic fundamentalism in Karnataka claimed the life of Harsha.    

“This is not the first time that we are witnessing these kinds of murders in Karnataka. This is a Kerala model of terror,” he alleged. According to him, organisations like Popular Front of India (PFI), the Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI), and Campus Front of India were behind such incidents in Karnataka and other parts of the country.    

“My appeal to the government is that this is not a murder but an act of terror. Don’t investigate it under Section 302 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) treating it as murder. Book the criminals under the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act. We need to tell the country,” Surya said. 

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