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Can't say attacks on BJP, RSS workers politically motivated:

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The today said a probe was on to ascertain whether the attacks on and workers in the state were politically motivated, even as it asked the state police to "act without any preconceived notions."

"These incidents happen in the whole country and is no exception," state Home Minister G Parameswara told reporters, adding that and JDS workers have also been victims of such attacks.


His statement comes after a councillor and Dalit leader was hacked to death today by unidentified assailants at Anekal in Bengaluru's rural district.

"Investigations are on in the of municipal councillor Srinivasa Prasad here to find out if it was a political murder," Parameswara said.

"Who are the culprits? Was it a politically motivated or real estate or personal reasons were behind the killing of Prasad? Investigations are on," he said.

Once the probe is over, action will be taken against the guilty without any compromise, he said and advised the state police to enquire without "preconceived" and "prejudged" notions.

"and JDS workers have also been murdered. Similarly, workers also have been murdered. So, we do not look at it from a political angle," the minister said.

Earlier, Media Coordinator for Karnataka, Rajesh Padmar demanded that the state take strong steps to stop such "politically-motivated" killings.

He also sought an immediate and an impartial probe into the of Prasad.

"In the last two years, more than 10 RSS-VHP-activists have been killed. It is a dangerous development in a democratic set-up," Padmar alleged.

He also said that the deceased was a soft-spoken person and had no criminal cases against him.

The killing of Rudresh, an activist in Bengaluru, last year had raised a political storm with saffron parties staging protests in the state.

The issue snowballed into a major controversy when leader and former minister Shobha Karandlaje alleged involvement of a state minister in the incident.

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