Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has brought its star campaigner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to give it a boost ahead of the Karnataka Elections 2018. And PM Modi wasted no time in launching a scathing attack against Congress and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, accusing them of initiating a culture of 'ease of doing murder' instead of ease of doing business.


Modi claimed over two dozen BJP workers were killed under the Congress government in Karnataka in political violence. A claim that was also made by BJP national president Amit Shah when he had visited Karnataka back in March. "More than 24 workers have died and the police hasn’t taken any action against the killers, they are roaming around free. Siddaramaiah government’s end is nearing and once BJP is in power we will ensure justice,” Amit Shah had said.

NCRB report titled Crimes in India 2016 reports that there were 10 political killings in the state in 2016. Although a report has not been compiled for the year 2017, Ramalinga Reddy told Times of India that there were about five such murders last year, including the high-profile murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

This year Deepak Rao and Abdul Basheer's murders in Mangaluru have also been classified as political murders.

30-year-old Deepak Rao, a BJP member, was murdered on January 3 at Katipalla. Two men, Mohammed Naushad and Mohammed Irshan, were arrested within hours. They accepted that they had planned Deepak's murder well in advance. Of the two Rizwan is one of the accused in Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bharathraj’s attempt to murder case. Eventually, ten people were arrested for either planning, abetting and carrying out the murder.

Abdul Basheer, who was attacked as 'retaliation' for the murder of Bajarang Dal activist and BJP worker Deepak Rao, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital in Mangaluru, on January 7. Four persons attacked Basheer, a hotelier, to 'avenge' the death of Deepak Rao. 

Taking the statistics into consideration, what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said about Congress sitting idle on political murders isn't completely off the mark.