Karnataka violence: 2 FIRs filed, 3 arrested after 2 BJP cadres stabbed while celebrating NDA forming govt

According to Mangaluru city police commissioner a group of revellers had shouted 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' as they passed a mosque.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 11, 2024 | 12:06 AM Updated Jun 11, 2024 | 12:07 AM

BJP workers celebrating NDA victory stabbed in Karnataka

Two BJP cadres were stabbed and another was allegedly thrashed by a group of youngsters on Sunday, 9 June, in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district as they were celebrating the swearing-in of the BJP-led NDA government, police said.

According to Mangaluru City Commissioner of Police Anupam Agarwal, a group of revellers had shouted “Bharat Mata ki Jai” as they passed along a road near a mosque on Sunday.

The youths in the Boliyar Mosque in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district objected to the slogans, but the revellers moved on.

The youths followed them and targeted three persons who had raised slogans and singled them out, chased them around and attacked them with knives, police said.

The injured have been identified as Harish Anchan, Nandakumar, and Krishnakumar.

The former two were stabbed with knives while the latter was beaten up. All three have been hospitalised.

Police have arrested three persons, and further investigation is underway.

Following the incident, district in-charge Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao assured that strict action would be taken against the “aggressors” after the investigation.

Police have recovered the knives that were allegedly used in the attack and filed an FIR.

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Second FIR filed for provocative slogans

An additional case was filed on Monday, 10 June concerning the incident based on the complaint given by one PK Abdulla.

He filed a complaint against the youths for shouting provocative slogans in front of the mosque and for abusing some people standing outside the place of worship.

Five people — including Suresh, Vinay, and Ranjit — have been named accused in the case.

Meanwhile, Bantwal and Mangaluru City South MLAs — Rajesh Nayak and Vedavyas Kamath, respectively — have asked police to arrest all the persons who attacked the Hindu youths.

Targeting the Congress government over the incident, Karnataka BJP in a post on ‘X’ said, “It feels like the Thuglak era is back in Karnataka, where shouting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” is no longer safe. The growing hatred for Bharath under @siddaramaiah is deeply alarming.”

BJP workers Harish Anchan and Nandakumar, who were celebrating PM Modi’s electoral victory and shouting “Bharath Mata ki Jai” in Mangaluru, were brutally stabbed by Aboobakkar, Bashir, Siddik, Monu, and 20 others, it said, “This heinous act highlights the deteriorating law-and-order situation in Karnataka under the Congress government.”

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The rise in violent incidents and unchecked aggression is creating an atmosphere of fear and instability, it further said, adding that “This is a stark reminder of the increasing violence and chaos, underscoring the urgent need for stronger governance and security measures to protect citizens and maintain peace.”

(Edited by Neena with PTI inputs)