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TWO WITH LINKS TO PFI ARRESTED IN BJP ACTIVIST’S MURDER

R. Jayaprakash

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The Dakhina Kannada police have arrested two persons with suspected links to the Popular Front of India (PFI) a day after the murder of a BJP youth wing leader in Puttur taluk of Karnataka that triggred widespread outrage across the country.

The accused have been identified as Zakir (29) and Mohammed Shafiq (27) from Bellare in Sullia taluk, where the 32-year-old zilla Bharatiya Yuva Morcha committee member Praveen Nettar was hacked to death on Tuesday night.

“Both are from Bellare, they have got suspected links with PFI which is being verified. We had taken them

into custody last evening and after inquiry we have arrested them. We will produce them before court and ask for police custody and do further investigation,” the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said.

Meanwhile Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai visited the home of the deceased late in the evening and offered a compensation of Rs 25 lakhs from the government and another Rs 25 lakhs from the BJP as the victim was a karyakarta.    

Speaking to the media outside the house in Nettara he said there is no question of letting this crime as just another murder. “This is being treated as a organised crime and has deep rooted hate and is part of a larger evil design is spread fear and terrorise people of the state. There is a need for an NIA unit in Karnataka and I will write to MHA to set up a division on an urgent basis. The police have arrested some people, soon we will get to the bottom of this,’’ he said.   

Earlier, speaking to the media, Dakshina Kannada SP Rishikesh Sonawane said: “Right now, we are looking into all aspects, we will be looking into involvement of others, motive and other matters. Arrests have been made based on the evidence available and current investigation’’.

He said Zakir already has a case registered against him in Bellare police station in 2020 for an offence under Section 324 of the Indian Penal Code. “He is accused in that case.”

The killing led to tension and protests at several places in the coastal district on Wednesday with instances of stone-pelting and police lathi-charge.

In Bengaluru, earlier in the day Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, if the situation demands, the “Yogi model” government in Uttar Pradesh will be adopted in the southern state too to deal with anti-national and communal elements trying to create unrest.

“For the situation in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi (Adityanath) is the right Chief Minister. Similarly, there are different methods to deal with the situation in Karnataka and all of them are being used. If the situation demands, Yogi model government will come in Karnataka too,” Bommai said.

He was responding to a question on demands by a section of BJP and Sangh Parivar supporters, who have turned their angst against the state government accusing it of not standing up to protect the lives of Hindu workers, calling for a “Yogi model” of governance in Karnataka, following the murder.

According to them, the ‘Yogi model’ refers to strong measures taken by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to control anti-national activities in his state, which include use of bulldozers against such elements and mafia.

In the wake of the murder, Bommai had cancelled events organised today to mark his government’s one year, and BJP’s three years in office, that included ‘Janotsava’, a mega rally at Doddaballapur that was scheduled to be attended by BJP national President J P Nadda.

A section of the BJP and Sangh Parivar supporters has turned their angst against the state government accusing it of not standing up to protect the lives of Hindu workers.

There are reports of several Youva Morcha workers and office-bearers in parts of the state of having resigned or threatening to quit in protest against the killing, demanding justice for him, strict action against elements involved in murder of Hindu ‘Karyakartas’, and protection to their lives.

Responding to a question on such resignations, Bommai said, “The situation is such that they are in anger, we will pacify them, we are confident, they are our ‘karyakartas’.”

He also said that he has informed the party’s central leadership about the developments. Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje has written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting that the probe into Nettar’s murder be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Condemning the murder, Karandlaje, who represents Udupi-Chikkamagaluru parliamentary seat in the Lok Sabha, blamed Muslim fundamentalists and organisations like PFI, SDPI and similar groups for the murder.

Radical outfits trying to disrupt the harmony in the district are behind the murder, the BJP leader claimed.

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In his statement, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “Today, the nation and the globe witnessed a heinous act against the author Salman Rushdie. This violent act is abhorrent. The Biden-Harris Administration as a whole is hoping for a quick recovery for him.”

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According to Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wyllie, Rushdie’s liver was damaged in the attack. Wyllie reported that Rushdie had broken nerves in his arm and damaged his liver. With this, there is a possibility of losing one of his eyes.

“The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Wylie said.

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Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.

“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. Earlier today, approx at 10:47 am, the speaker Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73 has just arrived at the stage of the institution and shortly thereafter the suspect jumped out of the stage and attacked at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said.

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However, Rushdie was stabbed in the neck when he was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution. The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York province.

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