Shobha blames govt for Bande's death, seeks CBI inquiry into IGP's role

Shobha blames govt for Bande's death, seeks CBI inquiry into IGP's role

BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje has blamed the State government for the death of Sub-Inspector Mallikarjun Bande and sought a CBI probe into the role of Inspector General of Police (North Eastern Range), Mohammad Wazir Ahmed, in the fiasco.

Addressing mediapersons here on Friday, she alleged that the IGP had been harassing Bande for the last six months. “His wife has also alleged the same. The IGP had deliberately created confusion during the police raid and ordered the policemen not to fire. 

A thorough probe should be conducted into his (IGP) involvement. His associations and his telephonic conversations should be investigated,” she said.

Shobha further alleged that the IGP and the Wakf Minister, Qamarul Islam, had been trying to establish ‘goonda raj’ in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Several notorious rowdies belonging to a particular community had been dropped from the rowdy-sheeter list. The law and order situation in the region had completely collapsed, especially in Gulbarga, she alleged. Shobha said that about six months ago, Bande had arrested a person for making inflammatory speeches. Wazir Ahmed had directed the former to release him, but Bande had refused. The IGP had begun harassing Bande for the same, she alleged. 

Bande’s wife had requested Home Minister K J George to order a CBI probe into the incident. She had blamed the IGP when she met the minister, who attended Bande’s funeral. 

HDK flays Cong ministers

JD(S) floor leader H D Kumaraswamy alleged that Congress ministers are responsible for Bande’s death. “Prior to getting elected, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said that his government was clean and transparent. However, the people of Gulbarga are of the opinion that the Congress ministers are responsible for the death of the brave policeman.”

Kumaraswamy said Bande’s death had triggered a communal violence in Gulbarga, and the law and order situation there was deteriorating. He questioned the Congress government on its policy in tackling communal tension, and also attacked the BJP over the same.

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