BJP must apologise to people: Ratnakar

Minister for Primary Education Kimmane Ratnakar on Tuesday said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which investigated into the death of a student, Nanditha, at Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district, had submitted a report stating the girl had committed suicide.

In his reaction to a section of the media regarding the CID's interim report, which was submitted to the government on Monday, the minister said in Belagavi that the BJP, which tried to give a communal angle to the girl’s death, should now apologise to the people of Karnataka.

He said the BJP’s intentions to create a rift between the two communities and gain political mileage did not work. “They tried to misuse the innocence of her parents and bring disrepute to me and to the Congress government,” he alleged.

He accused Bajrang Dal leader Santosh Poojary and BJP leaders Araga Jnanendra and Sandesh Jawali of trying to disrupt peace in the region and some of the State BJP leaders who supported them.

Stating that it was unfortunate that the girl had died, he said the father of the girl was also responsible for the incident, as he had refused to get her treated immediately, but went on making false statements by concealing the fact that she had consumed poison. “She was taken to hospital on October 29, but he did not reveal any information even to the doctors until October 31.”

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