Krishnappa cremated, bandh in Nelamangala

Krishnappa cremated, bandh in Nelamangala

A day after the gruesome murder of Bangalore Rural Zilla Panchayat opposition leader B M L Krishnappa, Nelamangala observed a bandh on Thursday.

With the district police imposing prohibitory orders under Section 144 for three days, the town bore a deserted look.

Shops were shut. Schools and colleges declared a holiday. The police deployed ten  KSRP and seven DAR platoons and  no violence was reported. Krishnappa was attacked and shot dead by a gang of about 20 masked men, on the NH4 at Dasanapura on Wednesday night.

The body was cremated at his family farm behind his petrol bunk at Binnamangala, his home town on Thursday evening. Thousands of people from surrounding villages and his followers had gathered for the cremation.

JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy visited Krishnappa’s house and offered their condolences. Speaking to the media, Kumaraswamy said Krishnappa’s loss was irreparable and that the party had lost a good leader. He also appealed to all the warring factions of the taluk to end bloodshed and work towards development of the area.

Congress leaders D K Shivakumar, N L Narendra Babu, M Krishnappa, Priya Krishna also visited and offered condolences. Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara also attended the cremation.

The Bangalore Rural Police recovered two vehicles,  a tempo traveler and a canter – with different number plates at the front and the back – abandoned by the assailants after the attack at Nagarur, some two km away from the spot. The assailant killed in firing by Vijay Kumar, Krishnappa’s security man, has been identified as Deva, 30, a lorry driver from Kempalinganahalli, a village nearby and a follower of Bettanagere Seena, the prime suspect.

Prakash, SP, Bangalore Rural, told Deccan Herald that he had formed two special teams under the leadership of Additional SP to arrest the guilty. He would not, however, speculate about the sponsors of the attack.

Narasimha Murthy, Naveen and Balaraju, supporters of Krishnappa, who were also injured in the attack, were discharged after treatment at a private hospital in Nelamangala. But Thimmaraya, who was driving the car in which Krishnappa travelled, has sustained severe injuries and is still critical. He has been shifted to MS Ramaiah Hospital in the city.

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