Mangaluru: Congress leader Ramanath Rai on Tuesday claimed that the accused in the Abdul Jaleel murder case belonged to the Sangh Parivar.
Speaking to reporters, Rai, who is also district in-charge minister of Dakshina Kannada, said that Jaleel was victim of a larger conspiracy by anti-social elements to disrupt peace in the coastal district.
He also congratulated the police for solving the case quickly. On April 20, a gang of four miscreants barged into the office of Karopadi Gram Panchayat in Bantwal taluk and murdered 40-year-old Abdul Jaleel, who was the vice- president of the GP. Police managed to arrest 11 accused in connection with the case last week.
Karthik Raj case
Referring to the Karthik Raj murder case, Rai recalled how BJP leaders and saffron outfits made attempts to give a communal colour to the case.
"Former chief minister Yeddyurappa had claimed that Karthik Raj's murder was politically motivated while Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel had threatened to commit arson in his own constituency," Rai stated.
Asked about Mangaluru Chalo being organised by a few Muslim groups in protest against alleged police atrocity on Ahmed Qureshi, Rai said the CID was probing the case and action would taken based on the CID report. "Qureshi should be given justice, and so do Prakash Poojary and Sudarshan, who were allegedly attacked by Qureshi," he said.
Rai also mocked BJP leader Ananth Kumar's statement about Congress lacking leadership in the district, Rai said, "Ananth Kumar needs to remember that Congress has dominated in 7 out of 8 assembly constituencies and this district has two ministers in the state. We have active youth leaders who can strengthen the party. Congress is also ruling in the MCC."
JD(S) sees hand of Hindu Jagrana Vedike in Abdul Jaleel murder
Mangaluru: JD(S) district President Mohammad Kunhi on Monday alleged that Hindu Jagrana Vedike was behind the murder of V-P of Karopady Gram Panchayat Abdul Jaleel, who was hacked to death recently. "The police might have used underworld don Vicky Shetty's name to prevent the case from taking a communal twist," he claimed.
Speaking to reporters at the party office, Kunhi said some of the arrested had links with the organisation. He also lauded the police in cracking the Jaleel case well as the Karthik Raj murder case.
Referring to the Karthik murder case, wherein the police have arrested three, including the sister of Karthik, Kunhi condemned the attempts made by the BJP to give a communal colour to the incident.
He also wanted to know as to why the police had not initiated action against MP Nalin Kumar Kateel for his controversial 'fire' remark.
Kunhi also questioned the silence of UT Khader in Karthik Raj case.