Khader pitches for restoration of peace

Khader pitches for restoration of peace

Cooperation with police in investigation, don't politicise the issue, says minister

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies U T Khader said that any vital information, related to the death of RSS worker Sharath Madiwala, should be shared with the investigation officers and suppressing facts is against the law.

He was referring to Gurpur Vajradehi Mutt seer Sri Rajashekharananda Swamiji’s statement about having vital information which he wants to share it with National Investigation Agency (NIA). “Everyone should extend cooperation to the investigation officers to arrest and punish the culprits who were responsible for unrest in the district. Does it mean he has no faith in Karnataka police?”, he asked.

Khader said he had visited Sharath in the hospital on humanitarian grounds. To a query on alleged delay in announcing the death of Sharath as claimed by the Opposition, he said, “It is a hospital administrative issue. The district administration and hospital administration should clarify it. I had not spoken to anyone when I visited the hospital. There is no need to politicise my visit to Sharath.”

“We have to extend cooperation to the Police Department in arresting and punishing all those anti-social elements who were responsible for murder of SDPI worker Mohammed Ashraf, RSS worker Sharath and other assault cases in the district in the recent past.  I appeal to the people of Dakshina Kannada to forget the incident as a bad incident and work towards communal harmony. We need to talk less and work unitedly to arrest those who are inciting communal unrest in the district,” the minister said.

“Instead of levelling charges against each other, we should work for restoring peace the district. Let us not politicise such issues and work towards maintaining peace and harmony,” Khader said. Even the police need a moral support from the people. The police have been working tirelessly to restore law and order in the district, he said. 

To a query on prohibitory order under Section 144 in Bantwal touching 50 days, the minister said that the ban order was clamped to prevent untoward incidents as a preventive measure. “Our intention is to restore peace in the district. Some miscreants intentionally want to create disturbances.”

He accused the BJP of engaging in politics. “We will face the next Legislative Assembly election on the basis of welfare programmes initiated by the Congress-led government in Karnataka,” he said. 

On providing compensation for Sharath’s family, Khader said that the state government will provide compensation after the police department submits a report. All those who were injured in assault and stabbing incidents during the disturbances in the district will also be given compensation under Chief Minister’s relief fund, after furnishing hospital bills, he explained.
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