State says a firm 'no' to CBI probe into Bande's death

State says a firm 'no' to CBI probe into Bande's death

The State government on Friday firmly rejected the Opposition BJP’s demand for a CBI probe into the circumstances that led to the death of police sub-inspector Mallikarjun Bande in a shoot-out with gangster Munna Darbadar in Gulbarga recently.

The government was also not ready to transfer or to send the Inspector General of Police (North Eastern range) Wazir Ahmed on leave, till the ongoing CID inquiry is completed.

However, the government announced that Bipin Gopalakrishna, Director General of Police, CID, will be asked to submit a preliminary investigation report on the incident within the next 15 days.

Raising the issue in the Legislative Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar said there were several unanswered questions in connection with the death of Bande and only a CBI probe would reveal the truth. The family members of Bande had alleged that the IG was harassing him, he said.

He sought to know how the IGP could direct Bande to arrest Munna, a contract killer, in an area outside the jurisdiction of the PSI. Shettar said there were allegations that the IGP had instructed Bande not to open fire at Munna. Further, the government had remained unresponsive to shift Bande to the United Kingdom for further treatment.

Bande sustained head injuries in the shoot-out with Munna on January 8. Former minister Govind Karjol said the government appeared to be protecting the IGP instead of keeping him under suspension. He also questioned the action of the IGP directing the Gulbarga district police to remove names of 11 people from the rowdy sheet, while the Superintendent of Police was on leave.

Another former minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government should make public whether the bullet fired from the pistol of Munna had killed Bande. The CID probe was not sufficient as it functioned under senior State police officers such as the IG.
Home Minister K J George said Bande was not sent abroad for treatment as doctors advised against it citing his critical state of health. He said the government had already ordered a CID probe into Bande’s death. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rejected a CBI probe saying the government had full faith in the functioning of the CID. 

The Assembly had to be adjourned twice as the BJP members trooped into the well of the House insisting that their demands be met. When finally the House met, the Speaker said the government had agreed to come out with an interim report on the progress of the investigation within 15 days. Dissatisfied with the reply, the BJP continued its dharna and the House was adjourned for Monday. 

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