Deepak Rao Murder, Four Arrested by Mangaluru Police :
“Bajrang Dal volunteer Deepak Rao brutally murdered “.
The murder of a young man in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka has caused tension in the region. Deepak Rao was hacked to death on Wednesday and the RSS mourned his death, describing him as a Hindu activist.
BJP worker Deepak Rao, 30, was killed in Surathkal.There were plans to take his body in a procession today morning, but permission for this was not given as the authorities feared escalation of tension. Crowds gathered in Surathkal to protest against the murder.
T R Suresh, Commissioner of police Mangaluru told media persons that he was attacked by men in car.Abdul Majeed owner of the shop saw him get attacked and rushed down.Deepak was aged about twenty four year old resident of Katipalla.The murder may have been a revenge as a result of some past fight.We will probe into the case once the post – mortem is completed he added .
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “A murder has happened, which should not have happened. I condemn the killers. Investigation is going on as to why the murder happened. They have already arrested four people.”
The state government has however deployed additional police to maintain law and order and ensure peace, as the BJP and Bajrang Dal called for a day-long shutdown in the coastal district today in protest against the murder.
“The man who died happened to be Hindu. A life is a life. All life is precious. They (BJP) are making allegations because elections are coming. It is the BJP which is responsible for communal tension,” the chief minister said.
A 10 lakh compensation has been announced to the kin of Deepak Rao by the Karnataka state government.
Brutal murder shocks Mangaluru.
State wide bandh with huge protest was carried out by the BJP party leaders demanding justice .
The BJP has criticised the Congress government on the issue, saying many Hindu activists have been killed under Congress rule in the state.
The BJP’s state president, BS Yeddyurappa said that without even telling the parents, the body was taken from the hospital to his home. “They did not allow a procession. This is the government’s style of functioning. The law and order situation is so bad that people feel they can get away with murder, especially in Mangaluru.
The issue also reached New Delhi, with BJP parliamentarians protesting outside parliament.
Recently, there were protests in Uttara Kannada district following the mysterious death of a young man, Paresh Mesta, who had gone missing after communal clashes in Honnavar town in the district. The cause of his death has still not been confirmed he added.
Shobha Karandlaje,BJP MP told media persons that the men had even threatened him to remove the post from social media.In a similar manner to what has been happening in the state for the past three years, this youth’s murder was a work of jehadists she added .
Nalin Kumar Kateel,BJP Leader said I condemn this murder.Such acts of violence have started becoming a regular occurrence in Mangaluru,right from Prashanth Pujari and Sharath Madiwala to today’s murder of Deepak.The government and the law is not taking any stringent action about the murder of any Hindu activist.This has been the reason that an innocent hindu youth was murdered today he said .
In a swift action, the Mangaluru police arrested four people suspected who are suspected to have murdered BJP activist Deepak Rao (30) at Surathkal on Wednesday.
Home minister Ramalinga Reddy held a emergency meeting and asked ADGP Law and Order Kamal Pant to rush to Mangaluru and take all the stock of situation and bring the situation under control and he even ordered a stringent action to be taken on those who indulge in violence and if necessary impose curfew he said.
ADGP (Law and Order) Kamal Pant immediately rushed to spot and took all the stock of the situation and brought the situation under control and then he held a press conference in the presence of T R Suresh,Commissioner of police, Mangaluru,Chandrashekar, IGP of CID with SP Mangaluru,was to present and by applauding the presence of mind shown by Home Guard,Harish and six cops in nabbing all four accused youth within hours after the brutal murder, handed over a cash reward of 1.20 lakh to them.“It is real good work,” Kamal Pant said while disbursing cheques to Mulki ASI Chandrashekar, probationary SI Sheethal Alaguru, CCB Inspector Shantharam, and Panambur Inspector Rafeeq. Recollecting the incidents that followed after the murder, ADGP said Home Guard volunteer Harish manning a check post tipped off police when the accused youth’s getaway car made a sharp turn near the check post.ASI Chandrashekar, probationary SI,Sheethal Alaguru, quickly gave a chase and fired many rounds from their service pistols at the car. Finally, Chandrashekar succeeded in stopping the vehicle. “Police then succeeded in arresting Naushad and Mohammed Irshan. Two others, Rizwan and Pinky Nawaz, who had escaped from the place were arrested at Daddiguri in Bajpe police station limits.After a hot chase that lasted a few hours, the district police arrested the assailants of activist Deepak Rao (30), a resident of Katipalla.Police had to open nine rounds of fire before they finally managed to nab them. In fact, the assailants had tried to kill police twice during the operation soon after some locals informed the police that four assailants had brutally assaulted a youth and fled in a white Maruthi Swift car, the same information was transmitted through wireless . Police then set up a nakabandi. Home Guard Harish, attached to Mulki police station who was on duty at Muru Kaveri junction, was the first to spot the assailants’ car.Based on the information given by Harish, Mulki Police Sub Inspector Sheethal Halagur and ASI Chandrashekar chased the car.When Halagur tried to stop the car at Ullanje near Kinnigoli, the accused tried to mow down the police. Halagur managed to jump into the drain and survived. He then opened five rounds of fire from his service revolver and chased the car in another private car. After chasing the vehicle for over 25 km, the police managed to catch up with the car as they could not manoeuvre past a narrow bridge near Mijar.While the police nabbed Mohammed Naushad (22), a resident of Mijar and Irshan alias Irsha (21), a resident of Krishnapura 4th block, Mohammed Nawaz alias Pinki Nawaz (23) and Rizwan alias Rijju (24), both residents of Katipalla While there are 12 cases pending against Pinki Nawaz, there are four cases including murder and murder attempt cases pending against Rizwan. Similarly, there are three cases including murder, murder attempt and rape pending against Naushad and murder and murder attempt cases pending against Irshan.On behalf of DGP,Neelamani N Raju, ADGP law and order, Kamal Pant handed over a cash award of Rs 1.2 lakh to the police officers and home guard. They included CCB Police Inspector Shantharam, Inspector K M Rafeeq, Sub Inspector Sheethal, ASI Chandrashekar, Head Constable Mahesh, Constable Suresh and Home Guard Harish he added .