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Police are investigating a series of crimes in which a Bajrang Dal worker, Harsha Hindu (27), in the Shivamogga area, was involved as a possible motive for the man’s murder on Sunday.
Shivamogga town criminal records reveal that Harsha Hindu was involved in at least five cases of assault and attempted murder, including several communal incidents of attacks on rival anti-social elements in the Muslim community.
The killing of Harsha Hindu has already been provided in communal tones by a senior BJP minister from Shivamogga, KS Eshwarappa.
“A good worker from our party was killed at Shivamogga. This was done by Muslim goondas. Muslim goondas have never been so emboldened in Shivamogga and there should be action against these people,” Eshwarappa said.
The Shivamogga region is represented in the Karnataka legislature by Eshwarappa, current Home Minister Araga Jnanendra and former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. The town of Shivamogga is prone to communal violence due to the presence of communal gangs allied with pro-Hindu and pro-Muslim political groups.
In one of the most recent cases filed against Harsha, he was accused by police of being part of a mob that attacked Muslim traders in the town of Shivamogga on December 3, 2020 following a community skirmish. .
Assault cases have been ongoing against Harsha since 2017 at Doddapet police station, according to police records.