Mysuru: A day after the cultural capital of the state witnessed large-scale violence over the murder of a BJP activist, Raju, the cops were all over the city on Tuesday with as many as 2,500 of them pressed into service in sensitive areas including Kyathamaranahalli, where the house of the deceased is.
Senior police officers led a peace march in sensitive areas in Udaygiri, Mandi and NR police station limits around Kythamaranahalli to instil a sense of confidence among residents. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the IPC have been extended to the entire city on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A tense atmosphere prevailed at Kyathamaranahalli. The residence of Raju and the site at the centre of the controversy over the construction of a shrine, were turned into a fortress.
Home Minister Dr G. Parameswar along with Revenue Minister Mr V. Srinivasprasad, NR constituency MLA Mr Tanveer Sait and former mayor Ayub Khan visited the residence of Raju and handed over a cheque to his family.
The family members appealed to the Home Minister to nab the assailants at the earliest. They even shouted slogans against MLA Tanveer Sait. Later, addressing a press meet, Dr Parameswar said, “The murder of Raju was unfortunate. The reasons will be known after the investigation. People are being questioned, there are some clues, but we cannot reveal them now. After being informed about the incident on Sunday, we conducted a meeting of officers and 17 platoons from Bengaluru and Chitradurga were brought to Mysuru to beef up security.”
Responding to the demand by BJP leaders for a judicial inquiry, he said it was not necessary and added that the murder case has been handed over to CCB with a team comprising an ACP and four circle inspectors formed for the purpose. Meanwhile Mysuru Kodagu MP Mr Pratap Simha visited Raju’s residence and demanded that the assailants be arrested in the next two days.
We lost our breadwinner: Raju's mother
A deep sense of grief prevails at the residence of 39-year-old Raju in Kyathamaranahalli here. “We have lost the only breadwinner of our family,” cried his aged mother, Chandramma, wife of late Madappa.
“After my elder son, Chandru passed away in September last, Raju took care of his brother’s two children, Darshan,14, and Damini,12. We depended on him completely.”
Raju who has studied till SSLC, was an electrical contractor by profession. He has two sisters, Rani and Mangala, who are married. Rani said, “He grew up as a member of Bajrang Dal and VHP and was known as ‘BJP Raju’ in our area. He had decided not to get married and was known for his social service.
He helped residents get ration cards, voter ID cards, Aadhaar cards, old age pension and other benefits. He also took the lead in organizing local festivities, be it Ganesh Chaturthi or Rajyotsava,” she said....