Mangaluru: Opposing the state government’s move to give the police firing case for a CID and magisterial probe, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao demanded that a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the High Court be conducted. He also demanded the immediate suspension of the Commissioner of Police and inspector who instigated the firing.
Addressing the reporters at the DK District Congress Committee office on Tuesday, December 24, Rao said, “As Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has already appreciated the police department for their behaviour, the people won’t trust either a CID probe or a magisterial inquiry. Before undergoing any investigation, both the Commissioner of Police and the inspector who instigated the firing should be suspended. If not, they will twist the facts in order to defend themselves. We won’t accept any inquiry other than a judicial probe as the victims deserve justice. If the state government is not ready to conduct a judicial probe into the incident, the KPCC will stage a severe protest in the coming days.”
Speaking about the massive protests being organised throughout the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), Rao said, “Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah should be held responsible for those who died while protesting against the CAA and NRC. The BJP government has divided the whole nation with their draconian law and intends to create communal violence for political gain. As a large number of intellectuals, writers and members from political parties are protesting against the Act, it will not get implemented easily.”
Responding to a query on the video footage showing protesters pelting stones at the public property and the police, Rao clarified that he will not defend miscreants. “If they indulged in violent protests, the police could have arrested them or used some other method to control the protesters instead of opening fire on them. There was no need to impose prohibitory orders or opening fire. They did so only to suppress the democratic rights of the people,” he added.
Former minister K Abhayachandra Jain, MLCs Hareesh Kumar, Ivan D’Souza, former MLAs Mohiuddin Bava, J R Lobo and other leaders Bhaskar K, A C Vinayraj, Kodijal Ibrahim and others were present.