Karnataka: Tension after RSS activist dies of stab wounds

According to police, the three assailants had come on a motorcycle. A fruit vendor in the market, named Abdul Rauf, took Madivala to a private hospital in Mangaluru, where he succumbed on Friday night.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Published:July 9, 2017 2:59 am
RSS, Karnataka RSS activist death, Karnataka Dakshina Kannada district, Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa, indian express news A resident of Kandur, near Bantwal, Sharath Madivala, who gave physical training instructions in RSS shakhas, was stabbed around 9.30 pm on July 4 while he was downing shutters of the family-owned laundry shop in the town. (Photo for representational purpose)

HOURS AFTER an RSS activist succumbed to a stab attack, his funeral procession on Saturday turned violent in Bantwal region of Karnataka’s communally sensitive Dakshina Kannada district, with many participants in the procession throwing stones and engaging with the police. With many from among hundreds of activists of different Hindutva outfits who had come for the funeral throwing stones on private vehicles and shops on BC Road in Bantwal, the police resorted to mild lathicharge to bring the situation under control. IGP (Western range) P Harisekharan said, “Police have nabbed such people (stone-pelters) from the scene and will take legal action.”

Earlier, Bantwal police had detained more than 30 people, including BJP MPs Shobha Karandlaje and Nalin Kumar Katil, on Friday for violating prohibitory orders to protest the attack on Madivala. A resident of Kandur, near Bantwal, Sharath Madivala, who gave physical training instructions in RSS shakhas, was stabbed around 9.30 pm on July 4 while he was downing shutters of the family-owned laundry shop in the town. According to police, the three assailants had come on a motorcycle. A fruit vendor in the market, named Abdul Rauf, took Madivala to a private hospital in Mangaluru, where he succumbed on Friday night.

Post-funeral, Sharath’s father, Thaniyappa, told the media today that he has little faith in the local police tracing his son’s killers. “The police and government have turned a blind eye to these miscreants,” he alleged. “There have been several such incidents in Bantwal but the police failed to take action. How can I expect justice for my son?”

Following today’s violence, senior BJP leaders, including Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda and former Chief Minister and BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa, blamed the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state for creating an atmosphere that led to Madivala’s murder. They demanded an NIA probe into the murder. In Bengaluru, Siddaramaiah said those involved will be arrested at the earliest, and stringent action will be taken.

The police suspect the July 4 incident is part of a series of violent communal incidents of late. Several cases of stabbing have been reported in the last two months or so — the victims being from both the majority and minority communities in a region that has seen frequent clashes between Hindu right-wing outfits such as Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Vedike and the VHP on one hand and right-wing Muslim groups such as SDPI and PFI.

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    IslamForFooools
    Jul 10, 2017 at 9:43 am
    Kil 10 landas for every Hindu they kil. I don't want to live. With such terrorists of Kurna
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    IslamForFooools
    Jul 10, 2017 at 9:42 am
    Everywhere more Hindus are being killed by musselman and media is hiding and not making headline out of it. But smallest incident against Muslims will be blown it of proportion by editors, we must infiltrate houses offices of these jihadi terrorist editors to teach them lesson of lifetime
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    Sudheer Thaakur
    Jul 10, 2017 at 1:13 am
    will socalled liberal secularists label this lynching too?
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    Lovely
    Jul 9, 2017 at 7:18 am
    Where are Award wapsi gangs
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    Girish.K
    Jul 9, 2017 at 4:19 am
    Shame on Siddaramiah who even refused to name muslim community in his statement. This govt should be thrown out. Hindus should unite. BJP leaders should unite and fight against congress.
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