Karnataka’s Shivamogga tense after Bajrang Dal member killed

There is tension in Karnataka’s Shivamogga after a 26-year-old member of right-wing outfit Bajrang Dal was stabbed to death last night.

After incidents of arson, police have been deployed in large numbers and the administration has restricted public gatherings. Schools and colleges in the district will remain shut for now.

The murder has set off a political slugfest, with state minister KS Eshwarappa making communally charged remarks and accusing the Opposition Congress of “giving courage to Muslim goons”.

Speaking to the media over the murder of Harsha, who worked as a tailor, Mr Eshwarappa said, “Muslims goons have killed him. (State Congress president) D K Shivakumar’s provocative statements have given courage to Muslim goons. This goondagiri won’t be tolerated.”