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BJP leader supplied weapons in jail double-murder case: Rai

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Mangaluru: In what could trigger a major controversy, Dakshina Kannada district In-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai on Tuesday February 16, said that it was former president of gram panchayat Kamalaksha Poojary from the BJP who supplied weapons to the jail inmates here to execute the double murder few months ago. Poojary hails from Bantwal.

Two jail inmates Madoor Isubu and Ganesh Shetty, who had been arrested five years ago in connection with different cases, were hacked to death with lethal weapons in a communal clash inside the Mangaluru sub-jail on October 28, 2015.

In retaliation to the recent comments made by the BJP that the Congress should not be voted by the public as it has been creating rift between communities, Rai said that the murder speaks volumes about the BJP’s communal stand and its hypocrisy.

In response to former DK district in-charge minister Krishna J Palemar’s allegation that the Congress government in the district is involved in sand mafia, Rai said that the term sand mafia came into use in the district due to Palemar adding it was he who used to illegally supply sand from the district to the shipyard in Kerala during his administration.

Palemar had yesterday said that people in the district are deprived of sand and the “chelas” of Minister Rai supply illegally stocked sand in the district to Bengaluru every night. Rai in response today said that he is not involved in any business and Palemar’s allegation is just to malign his image. He said that after the Congress came to power in the district, the district administration has collected about Rs 14.5 crore under the CRZ purview in the form of tax and penalty for the sand being transported outside.

Palemar had also alleged that the Congress has withdrawn the 9-11 bill on a temporary basis only to gain brownie points in view of the upcoming Zilla/Taluk panchayat polls. Divulging the Congress party’s stand on this, Rai said that the bill has indeed been withdrawn in four districts namely Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru and Kolar. However, as there were technical glitches in the software, it did not appear online adding that the issue will be resolved soon.

Rai expressed confidence that the Congress is going to register a comprehensive victory in the upcoming polls.

 

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