Bande killing rocks Houses, govt promises status report

BJP members protest demanding CBI probe, transfer of IGP.

Bangalore: The government on Monday agreed to come out with a status report on the investigation into the recent death of sub-inspector Mallikarjun Bande in an encounter with rowdy Munna in Gulbarga.

It made the announcement at a meeting with BJP members in the Speaker's chamber, after the opposition stalled the proceedings of the House for over an hour.

When the session began on Monday, BJP members continued their protest in the well of the legislative assembly, demanding a CBI investigation into the death of the inspector and transfer of the IGP concerned to allow fair investigation of the case.

But Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of trying to politicise Bande's death and recalled that when the Congress had demanded a CBI inquiry into the firing on farmers in Haveri when it was in power in the state, it had shown little faith in the investigating agency.

Later when law and parliamentary affairs minister, T B Jayachandra tried to reply to the issues raised by the BJP members, they did not allow him to speak, plunging the House into pandemonium.
Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa adjourned the house for half an hour and at a meeting in his chamber tried to persuade the BJP to withdraw its agitation.

But it was only after the state government promised to table the status report of the investigation into the incident in the House did the opposition agree to call off their stir.

( Source : dc )
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