Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday, July 31 visited the families of three youths killed in the district recently.
Kumaraswamy had slammed the ruling BJP for not meeting victim Muslim youths’ kin.
He first visited the family of Masood, a 19-year-old migrant labourer in Bellare town who was killed on July 21.
Masood’s family had pleaded that their son was a victim and that they were not given justice.
The former chief minister also visited the family of 31-year-old Praveen Kumar Nettaru, pacified his wife and parents and pledged his support in the fight for justice.
He also gave his personal number and asked them to contact him in case of financial crisis.
Besides, Kumaraswamy also met the family of 23-year-old Mohammad Fazil Mangalpet and offered his condolences to them.
Kumaraswamy issued a Rs 5 lakh cheque each to all three victims’ families.
A delegation headed by Opposition leader in the Legislative Council B.K. Hariprasad had visited the houses of all the three victims on Sunday. When the team visited BJP activist Praveen’s family, people raised slogans against the Congress party. They had shouted that the Congress leaders would ensure that killers of Praveen get bail and expressed their anguish.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that investigation is on in connection with the murder of a BJP youth wing leader in Dakshina Kannada district last week, which had sparked outrage, as he expressed confidence about nabbing the culprits at the earliest.
He said the case will be officially handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) soon and added, however, its officials have already started gathering preliminary information.
“Police have been given a free hand and the investigation is progressing in the case, at the earliest killers will be found,” Bommai said.
Speaking to reporters here, he said, in two to three days the case will be officially handed over to the NIA.
“The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has to be invoked, that process is on, technical and paper works are being done, at the earliest it will be handed over. NIA has been informed informally and few of its officials are already gathering preliminary information from Kerala and Mangaluru,” he added.
Amid criticism against him for skipping from visiting the houses of Masood and Mohammed Fazil, when he called on the family of murdered BJP leader Praveen Nettar, Bommai said, “I will surely visit in the days to come.”
(With agencies inputs)