Situation peaceful in Shivamogga, says Karnataka Home Minister

The minister said police are interrogating eight arrested and others in connection with the murder
Last Updated 24 February 2022, 13:53 IST

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Thursday said the situation is peaceful and under control in Shivamogga that witnessed violence including stone-pelting and arson following the murder of a 28-year-old Bajrang Dal activist earlier this week.

He said, police are interrogating eight arrested and others in connection with the murder, and all angles including the involvement of communal organisations are being looked into.

"Situation in Shivamogga is under control....I'm going there to take stock of the situation personally with officials there, things are peaceful. I compliment the people of Shivamogga," Jnanendra said.

Addressing reporters here, he termed the murder and subsequent violence as 'unfortunate', and said efforts were on to secure justice for the deceased person's family and to punish the guilty.

"There is no need for people to worry, the government is with you and will provide protection. Eight people have been arrested in the murder case, interrogations are of other are on. All angles are being looked into, including information about involvement of communal organisations," he added.

Harsha, a resident of Seegehatti in Shivamogga, was stabbed with lethal weapons by a group of people on Sunday night, following which he was taken to McGann Hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

To a question on inciting statements and messages on social media after Shivamogga incident, the Home Minister said, "We are monitoring the social media, action will be taken against those posting such messages."

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(Published 24 February 2022, 13:02 IST)

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