Sadananda Gowda faces residents' ire

Sadananda Gowda faces residents' ire
Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had to face the ire of residents of Ganapathipura on Friday, when he went to visit the house of Shabana Taj who was mowed down recently by a speeding car driven by a Sudanase student in the area.

When Gowda approached Taj’s house to offer his condolences to her family members, the local residents stopped him.

They said those arrested by the police following an assault on a 21-year-old Tanzanian student were innocent. The attack on the student was a mob fury after Taj died in the accident, they said. Politicians were rallying behind the Tanzanian student but did not bother to promptly visit the family of the deceased, they said.

‘Special squad’
Speaking to reporters, Gowda blamed the government for failing to protect law and order in the State. The State government, instead of admitting its lapses, was blaming the Centre, he said, adding that it was the duty of the police to ensure that foreign students followed the law of the land.

The State government should form a special squad to keep a watch on foreign students, he said.

“If the State government cannot control the law and order situation, then it will lead to a much bigger problem in the days to come.

I urge the government to constitute a special squad to monitor foreign students,” Gowda said. He also demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the family of Taj.

He said several foreign students had been staying in the City despite the expiry of their visa permit.

He said he would also discuss the issue with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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