Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he was ready to adopt the “Yogi model” to deal with “anti-national and communal elements”, while his higher education minister Dr CN Aswathanarayan said on Friday that the state government would “go five steps ahead of Uttar Pradesh” and “even to encounter ready”. “We are ready to send tremors,” he warned.
The BJP government and party leaders in Karnataka are facing backlash from party cadres after Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activist Praveen Nettaru (32) was hacked to death in the communally sensitive Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday. the night
“People’s patience is being tested with provocations. This is why our Chief Minister has said that such criminals and murderers will be dealt with mercilessly. We are even ready for an encounter, our chief minister said in the government,” Aswathanarayan, former deputy CM of the state, told reporters in Ramnagar region, where he is the district in-charge minister.
“In the coming days, people will be shaken to such an extent that they would not dream of carrying out such murders. It’s time for the encounter. Our government will take strict action and not allow such crimes to happen. We will create awareness and anti-terror squads. Such crimes should not happen anywhere,” he said.
“Our government is working very effectively in all these areas, but people are still angry. They wish that such incidents do not happen again. In keeping with their passion, more stringent measures will be taken and we are even prepared for an encounter. We will go five steps ahead of Uttar Pradesh. We will give better model than UP model. Karnataka is a progressive state and a pro-development state,” he said.
“We have been patient, and will show our actions in the future. We are ready to send shivers,” said the minister. “The government will take all possible measures to bring the accused to justice. Wherever they hide or roam, we will bring them to jail,” he said.
“A common and innocent man has been killed. He acted according to his faith and conscience. How much will we tolerate if so good people are killed? No one can accept it. We should all condemn this crime in the strongest possible terms. Everyone is very sad and angry,” said Aswathanarayan, who earlier contested as the BJP’s Vokkaliga leader for Karnataka’s southern region and has been touted as a possible chief ministerial candidate.
Demanding strong action against Nettaru’s killers, BJP and Sangh Parivar supporters called for the “Yogi model” to “control anti-national activities”, referring to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s use of bulldozers.
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Asked about this, Bommai said in Bengaluru on Thursday: “For the situation in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi (Adityanath) is the right Chief Minister. Similarly, there are different methods to deal with the situation in Karnataka and all of them are being used. If the situation so demands, the Yogi model government will also come to Karnataka.
Bomai said on Friday that the investigation into Nettaru’s murder would be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), calling it an “organized crime” with transnational links.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old youth, Mohammad Fazil, was hacked to death by “four or five” masked men at a cloth shop in the district on Thursday night.