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No link with Hijab issue: K'taka Home Minister on Bajrag Dal member's murder

The Bajrang Dal member, identified as Harsha, was killed late Sunday night near Ravivarma Street in Bharathi Colony

Monday February 21, 2022 11:34 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

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Bengaluru/Shivamogga: Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra while confirming the murder of 23-year-old youth linked with Bajrang Dal - a right-wing Hindu group, in Shivamogga Monday said the incident has nothing to do with the protests held in different parts of the state over banning of Hijab.

"The 23-year-old youth has been brutally murdered. I visited Shivamogga and I have also met his family. I have assured his parents and sister that I can't bring back the dead person, but won't spare the killers. The action will be initiated against them", he said.

"The Hijab issue has nothing to do with this incident and it has happened for different reasons", Jnanendra said.

"Shivamogga is a sensitive city. The incident has taken place on the main road and the police are on high alert. We have clues, shortly they will be arrested", he added.

"I appeal to the people to maintain calm. All measures have been taken, people should not get provoked. The government will give justice to the deceased person. Special teams have been formed to nab the murderers, shortly we will give updates on it," Araga Jnanendra explained", he said.


The Bajrang Dal member, identified as Harsha, was killed late Sunday night near Ravivarma Street in Bharathi Colony.

Harsha was a tailor and held the position of 'Prakanda Sahakaryadarshi' (coordinator) in the district.

The miscreants, who came in a car, had chased him and attacked him with lethal weapons and then escaped from the spot. Though Harsha was shifted to the Meggan hospital, he succumbed to injuries. Harsha was actively involved in Bajrang Dal and VHP activities. He used to be at the forefront during Ganesh festivities and visarjan ceremony. Tense situation prevailed immediately after the incident.

After the murder, thousands of Hindu activists gathered near the Meggan hospital and the police had tough time to handle the situation. Incidents of stone pelting reported from Sigehatti area in the district, DIP (East) Tyagarajan and Superintendent of Police (SP) Lakshmi Prasad rushed to the spot to control the situation.

Simultaneously, communal posts linking the murder with the Hijab controversy also started flooding Twitter and other social media platforms. The Home Minister however refuted all such claims.

Meanwhile, prohibitory orders have been clamped and a holiday has been announced on Monday for schools and colleges in Shivamogga following the incident.

The police department is on high alert throughout the state after an incident of violence were reported. Fearing large-scale violence, the Shivamogga city has been turned into a police fortress.

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