Bangalore, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

The Opposition BJP in Karnataka today accused Congress leaders of politicising the shootout incident when anti naxal Force (ANF) policepersonnel shot dead a notorious cattle smuggler in Tanikodu Village in Dakshina Kannada (DK) district early this week suspecting him to be a naxalite.

BJP state general secretary C T Ravi told reporters here thatKabir, the criminal who was killed by the police, was not an innocent but notoriously known for lifting cattle and smuggling to abattoirs and faced several such cases in the district.

The Congress leaders in DK like former Union Minister Janardhana Poojary, Ministers Ramanath Rai and U T Khader and Legislator Moinuddin Bawa are wrongly branding Kabir as 'innocent.'

"We condemn the district administration of slapping murder case under Sec 302 against ANF constable Naveen Naik who shot dead Kabir, This will give a wrong message to the ANF and may lead to increase in naxal menace," he alleged.

Mr Ravi accused the Congress leaders of playing 'vote bank' politics and trying to play with the sentiments of the minority community.

They were undermining the ANF which is a dangerous trend. He said Kabir was smuggling 20 cattle in a van packed in an inhuman manner and ANF naturally got suspicion over the cattle smugglers.

He shot at them and the death was not due to personal enmity.

He also demanded that the police should drop the Sec 302 case against the constable and also arrest the remaining accused in the case who are at large.

The BJP leader also came down heavily on the Congress government in Karnataka hurriedly announcing a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Kabir's family which was unprecedented in such cases.

"Mr Bawa forced his driver Pramod to give a false statement to the Police and Congress misused the police force."

"They do not realise how serious this episode may turn out to be," Mr Ravi warned.

Mr Ravi said the government had also acted soft on IGP Wazir Ahmed in the case of 'false encounter in which brave officer sub-inspector Mallikarjuna was killed in Gulbarga in a police cross fire.'

He warned that incidents like Congress leaders taking the sides of cattle smugglers will give rise to 'Taliban Culture' rising its ugly head in Karnataka.

"It is dangerous to connect criminals with religion," he added.

(Posted on 25-04-2014)