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BJP demands NIA probe into killings of BJP/RSS activists

Press Trust of India  |  Belagavi (Ktk) 

Seeking a ban on Kerala-based Popular Front of (PFI), today demanded an NIA probe into the spate of recent killings of activists belonging to the party and the Sangh Parivar in

Hitting out at the in for its"failure" to maintain and order, the party accused it of going soft on PFI, which it alleged was "transformation" of the banned Students' Islamic Movement of (SIMI).

"14 people belonging to or Sangh Parivar or RSShave been killed, from Prashant Poojary to Rudresh. Eight of them have sustained life threatening attacks," leader and former state Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka said.

Initiating a debate on and order situation in the state, he alleged, "In these incidents, the people with nationalist thoughts were singled out by anti-national forces."

"It is clear and I have no hesitation in saying that KFD (Forum for Dignity) and PFI are behind these incidents," he added.

A senior PFI functionary was arrested earlier thismonth in connection with the murder of Rudresh, an worker in Bengaluru.

Pointing out that previous governments in had filed affidavits in the court against PFI, Ashoka said PFI is "transformation" of SIMI.

"When Kerala, which is their (PFI's) base, had taken such steps, our here withdrew cases against PFI and KFDdespite opposition from police department," he added.

Alleging that the and order situation in Karnataka has deteriorated under the government, Ashoka, who hadalso served as state Home Minister during BJP rule, said, "The governmentis behaving as though nothing has happened."

He compared the state to 'Dhritarashtra', a characterfrom Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Quoting National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics to say that Karnataka stands number two in the country forcommunal violence,Ashoka alleged that crimes against SC/ST, cyber crime and politicalviolence have increased in the state.

Targeting Home Minister G Parameshwara, Ashoka said he was not given a free hand and police department officials did not know whose instructions to follow.

BJP's K G Bopaiah, C T Ravi andNarayana Swamy also participated in the discussion.

While Ravi criticised the government for puttingthe farmers behind bars, but not PFI activists, Swamy demanded a whitepaper on law and order situation in the state.

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 23:57 IST