- RSS member Sharath who was assaulted by unidentified men on July 4 died today
- Situation in Kalladka has turned tense, 4 taluks of Dakshina Kannada district already under section 144
- It all started with murder of SDPI member Ashraf near Benjanapadavu in Mangalore
- Political leaders making provocative speeches, protests are adding to the tense situation
With the death of RSS member Sharath, tension in Kalladka and Dakshina Kannada district, where already four taluks are under section 144, has escalated. Two separate incidents of stabbing have been reported now.
A group of youths stood on the balcony of a house and started pelting stones on the bus when the body of RSS worker Sharath was being moved to his house in Sajeepu from AJ Hospital.
Police had to resort to lathi charge to control the people. Around 2,000 police personnel have been deployed in and around Kalladka, Sajeepu to maintain the law and order situation.
Stone pelting has injured one person who has been admitted to the hospital. Four vehicles have been damaged in stone pelting. Latest reports say that two incidents of stabbing two persons have been reported from Bantwal and Kaikamba.
Kalladka has become the tension point of Karnataka as section 144 has been imposed in four taluks of Dakshina Kannada in cluing in Bantwal, Puttur, Sullia and Belthangady.
Meanwhile, despite prohibitory orders, BJP leaders Shobha Karandlaje and Nalin Kumar Kateel had organised a protest against killing if Sharath. The protesters were arrested for a while and were released.
Sharath was gravely injured in an assault on July 4, and he died at the AJ Hospital on July 8.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had visited Mangaluru on July 7 to attend the Congress members meeting. BJP members criticised that there was no mention about what was happening in Kalladka and the Chief Minister had not directed the authorities to take any action against the guilty.
However, Kalladka became tensed when on June 21, SDPI member Mohammed Ashraf Kalai was killed brutally near Benjanapadavu. Seven persons were arrested in this regard. This followed with an attack on RSS members and then vice versa.
Kalladka is tensed for nearly a month now. The BJP is busy trying to prove that the Karnataka government has failed in taking proper actions in this regard. But meanwhile, the statements made by various leaders including Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat allegedly threatening Minister Ramanath Rai and currently Bhat himself receiving death threats have made the situation worse.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:05 PM