- Protested by entering Home Minister Araga Gyanendra’s residence
- Demand for justice by protesting the killing of BJYM leader Praveen Netaru
- Case registered against 30 ABVP workers
Karnataka News: Praveen Netaru, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, was murdered in front of his shop in Bellary a few days ago. On this issue, ABVP workers on Saturday entered the residence of Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra and protested. The police lathi-charged the protesting ABVP workers and drove them away. The ABVP activists were demanding justice by protesting the killing of BJYM leader Pravin Netaru in Dakshina Kannada district. Holding the saffron flag of their organisation, members of the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ABVP barged into Gyanendra’s residence at Jaimahal here. There they demonstrated and raised slogans like ‘We want justice’.
Demand to ban PFI and its affiliated organizations
The ABVP members also demanded a ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates. ABVP alleges that PFI and organizations like it are responsible for the killing of Hindutva activists. The police tried to persuade the ABVP workers to leave, but they remained adamant and staged a sit-in inside the premises, raising slogans. Later, the activists tried to storm Gyanendra’s house. After this the policemen chased them out of the bungalow. On protesting, the police also lathi-charged some of them. After this, the ABVP workers were taken from there to JC Nagar police station in government vehicles. A case was registered against 30 workers in this.
“I’ll call them and talk to them”
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra said that he has come to know that some youths posing as ABVP workers entered his house and demonstrated. Gyanendra said, “The police have taken them into their custody. I have asked the police to investigate whether they are actually members of the ABVP.” He said that if the protesters were ABVP workers he would like to say that CM Basavaraj Bommai has already told about the measures taken by the government. As the investigation of Praveen Netaru murder case has been handed over to the NIA. He said, “I will call them and talk to them. They had come to protest against the fundamentalist forces. Some of them committed some excesses, which I have noticed. They came to me thinking that I was one of them,” he said. And I also feel that they are my people.”
Police has arrested two people in the case
Significantly, on Tuesday night, BJYM member Praveen Netaru was killed by three motorcycle-borne assailants in front of his shop in Bellare. Tension prevailed at several places in Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday following the killing of a BJP Yuva Morcha leader. The police have arrested Zakir and Mohammad Shafiq in this case.
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