BJP accuses govt of hushing up episode

BJP accuses govt of hushing up episode
BJP MLA Suresh Kumar has charged that the State government was trying to “hush up” the case involving the attack on a Tanzanian student in the City recently.

Addressing the media in Bengaluru on Thursday, Kumar attacked Home Minister G Parameshwara and the police department for failing to handle the case properly. This has “dented” the image of both Bengaluru and India, especially when the Global Investors’ Meet was on, he said. He demanded speedy investigation into the case and also action against the attackers.

Condemning Parameshwara for having revealed the name of the student who was allegedly assaulted, Kumar said that his department had failed to maintain law and order in the State.

“Though the incident occurred on Sunday, the jurisdictional police did not take any action for nearly 72 hours. The police acted only after the student lodged a complaint. No woman should endure such atrocities,” he said.

The department should initiate confidence-building measures between locals and foreign students in areas where the population of the latter is sizeable, he suggested.

When it was brought to his notice that a BJP member was one of the attackers, Kumar said, “I am not aware of this. However, we will not stand for credentials of any persons, especially when there has been a heinous crime against a woman. A culprit is a culprit and stringent action should be taken against them. If any person is from BJP, then the party too will take necessary action,” he added.
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