Karnataka: BJP worker dies after assault by ‘cow vigilantes’

According to K T Balakrishna, SP (Udupi), a group of nearly 30 people, led by local HJV leader Arvind Sherigar, surrounded the minivan and attacked Poojary and Devadiga with iron rods.

By: Express News Service | Benguluru | Published:August 19, 2016 12:35 am

A 28-year-old BJP worker died and his friend was injured in the coastal Karnataka district of Udupi on Wednesday night after they were beaten up by a group of alleged cow vigilantes linked to the Hindu Jagaran Vedike (HJV), a Sangh Parivar affiliate.

The incident occurred at around 8.30 pm, near Kadike village of Brahmavara taluk in Udupi, when the victim, Praveen Poojary, and his friend Akshay Devadiga, 22, were getting ready to transport four calves in a minivan to Thirtahalli in neighbouring Shimoga district as part of a contract with a Thirtahalli-based cattle dealer, identified as Ramesh.

According to K T Balakrishna, SP (Udupi), a group of nearly 30 people, led by local HJV leader Arvind Sherigar, surrounded the minivan and attacked Poojary and Devadiga with iron rods.

Police were informed of the incident by the gang, who initially tried to pass off the death as an accident. Poojary and Devadiga were sent to Mahesh Hospital in Brahmavara for treatment, where Poojary died at around midnight, the SP said.

“Around 18 people from the HJV have been arrested so far,” Balakrishna said. Among those arrested is the Brahmavara taluk leader of HJV, Arvind Sherigar, who owns a petrol station.

Poojary is a member of Billavas, a backward caste community, and used to earn a living by renting out his minivan, Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Arun Chakravarthy said.

“The motive for the attack is yet to be ascertained and the accused is being questioned. We are looking at whether the attack was due to a personal or business rivalry, or whether it was related to the transport of the calves,” Chakravarthy said.

Police claimed that the attackers had not intended to kill Poojary and said their intention was to attack the youth and then inform the police about “cattle smuggling”. Poojary died due to internal injuries suffered in the beating, police said.

“HJV activists are not involved in this incident. They are trying to frame the local HJV leader. If he was involved why would he return to his petrol station today. We condemn the incident,’’ said senior HJV leader Satyajit Surathkal, who was recently appointed as the BJP’s backward classes unit leader in the region.

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    Pre Sphinx
    Aug 19, 2016 at 3:13 am
    As u sow so u reap the monster given birth by bjp had come to bite it.
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    Joseph R Stephen
    Aug 19, 2016 at 2:07 am
    Hang this vigilantes on streets.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Police should just start eliminating this murder groups that is roaming in open.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They have no place in Indian.
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      Bhatiye Patel
      Aug 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm
      The Congress serving media has ready pronounce RSS affiliate Guilty, just like in Gujarat the beating of Dalit credited to Gau Rakshak! In Gujarat those who bet the Dalit were Congress workers, one Muslim, one upper cast and rest belong to other backward cl with connection to Congress leaders!
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        prasan m
        Aug 19, 2016 at 3:35 am
        ask mohan bha gwat if bajra ngis dont find dalit muslim whom they will kil l - pak taliban - first kil led hindus then refugees then kadiyan then shia then sunni then everybody become enemieies of taliban - bhagwat is no less then taliban commander
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          Bala
          Aug 19, 2016 at 2:20 am
          If this has happened to Dalit or Muslims there would have been hartal, protest, asking Karnataka CM to resign and staling of Parliament and why Modi has not answered visit by Rahul and Arvind K - the opportunistic politicians to make noise media noise, - Debate in channel on prime time and articles by communists and AAP journalist, but nothing of that sort happening, why, it does not help if a BJP worker died. No body cares whether he is also a human, same thing happened in when BJP leader was murdered in Punjab. what kind of low level politics by opposition and media
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            Bala
            Aug 19, 2016 at 5:49 am
            Snake was raised by Congress as well. There are Congress govts who banned cow slaughter. Further, the Cow vigilantes are all fringe elements, we cannot put all Hindu groups under BJP and RSS. Further I am not talking about the issue, reaction to the issue by politicians by different yardsticks
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              Vijay shastri
              Aug 19, 2016 at 1:34 am
              Sangh Safronist Family has grown to a great extend after Modi and BJP win since 2014 with many dozen safron groups taking birth. RSS has taken it as a Madate by people for itself. Fire of Radical Safronist Extemism is spreading so fast that even now BJP person too could not escape its flame.
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                Vasudevan Venugopal
                Aug 19, 2016 at 4:54 am
                Who are these cow vigilantes, who authorised them to take the law into their own hands, what is their organisational structure and where do they get funds from? Not clear. The only thing that is clear is that they are overdoing things.
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