Politician drives out at dawn, murdered

Politician drives out at dawn, murdered

Politician drives out at dawn, murdered

A municipal council member was brutally murdered in the Bommasandra industrial area early on Tuesday.

Vasu alias Srinivasa Prasad (45) was a BJP member of the Bommasandra Town Municipal Council. Political rivalry led to the murder, police suspect.

“Vasu was usually up by 7 am. He would walk to a restaurant and join us for coffee,”
S V Raghavendra, who knew Vasu closely, told DH.

On Tuesday, Vasu received a call at 5 am and left home half an hour later. When he reached BTL Institute of Technology in the Bommasandra Industrial Area, a hail of stones greeted his car, according to his friend. “A group attacked him with lethal weapons when he got down from the vehicle,” Raghavendra said.

S M Shailaja, Vasu’s wife, said he had been restless all night. “He was awake till midnight. He did not say why he was upset, and I don’t know why he went out so early in the morning,” she said.

Gruesome attack
The murder was so brutal his skull was cleaved at the back, and an axe lodged inside his chest. The weapon was removed only at the Victoria Hospital mortuary, where a post mortem was conducted, a police officer said.

Vasu, a resident of Kittaganahalli, had been a member of the Bommasandra Village Panchayat for three terms.

He had also been a member of the Anekal Planning Authority between 2008 and 2013, and was closely associated with former minister A Naraya­naswamy. Vasu’s wife Shailaja is a BJP member of the Bengaluru Urban Zilla Panchayat.

Political ambition
Vasu was keen on becoming president of the Bommasandra Town Municipal Council.
The state government had recently modified the pattern of reservation for the posts of municipal council president and vice-president. He had moved the high court challenging the modification and got a verdict in his favour. Congress leaders had gone in appeal against it.

BJP condemns murder
The state BJP has condemned the murder of its councillor Srinivas Prasad at Anekal stating that it was an indication of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. “Strongly condemn  the murder of BJP activist Srinivas Prasad at Anekal. This once again proves the death of law and order under Congress rule,” BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa tweeted.

“Law and order in a mess in Karnataka. Urge the government to act,” posted BJP state General Secretary Shobha Karandlaje on her twitter handle @ShobhaBJP. Another party General Secretary Aravind Limbavali sought a high level enquiry into the murder.

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