Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has come in the line of fire after being caught on tape instructing someone over phone to “mercilessly” avenge the killing of a local leader of his party, the Janata Dal (Secular) – JDS.
Facing criticism and backlash, Kumaraswamy in a fresh statement has claimed that the “kill mercilessly” order was not his.
Here is what he said in the video clips
“He (H Prakash) was a good man. I don’t know who killed him in this way. Kill the miscreant mercilessly in a shootout. There would be no problem,” he is heard saying in video clips recorded by local journalists
#WATCH Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy caught on cam telling someone on the phone ‘He(murdered JDS leader Prakash) was a good man, I don’t know why did they murder him. Kill them (assailants) mercilessly in a shootout, no problem. (24.12.18) pic.twitter.com/j42dqiRs0a
— ANI (@ANI) December 25, 2018
As the comments were circulated and criticised, the Chief Minister called them an “emotional” reaction.
“It was not my order, I was emotional at that moment. They (the killers) are the reason for two murders and they were in jail. They came out on bail two days ago and killed another person…this is how they are misusing bail,” Mr Kumaraswamy said on Monday.
Karnataka CM: It(kill assailants mercilessly) was not my order, I was emotional at that moment. they (killers )are the reason for two murders and they were in jail. they came out on bail 2 days ago and killed another person(JDS leader Prakash), this is how they are misusing bail pic.twitter.com/fNgFuNbllf
— ANI (@ANI) December 25, 2018
BJP condemned Kumaraswamy’s statement
The shoot out statements by Kumaraswamy, however, did not go down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Condemning his statement, BJP leader Shoba Karandlaje tweeted: “CM HDK orders for anarchy and lawlessness by giving direct order of shoot out on camera!! A clear case of provoking and instigating the system.
Earlier, he had called to create anarchy by openly calling for violence. Complete chaos and dictatorship in Karnataka.Highly condemnable act!!” she added.
CM HDK orders for anarchy & lawlessness by giving direct order of shoot out on camera!!
A clear case of provoking& instigating the system
Earlier he had called to create anarchy by openly calling for violence
Complete chaos & dictatorship in Karnataka
Highly condemnable act!! https://t.co/AMZ4W45r6m
— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) December 24, 2018
WHAT IS THE CONTROVERSY
HD Kumaraswamy triggered a controversy after he was caught on tape instructing someone over phone to “mercilessly” avenge the killing of a local leader of his party-the Janata Dal (Secular).
The JDS leader, H Prakash, was hacked to death on Monday (24 December 2018) around 4.30 pm in Mandya in south Karnataka, reportedly by four men on motorcycles who chased his car down, forced it to stop and attacked him with machetes.
They left him slumped inside the SUV, drenched in blood. He was taken to the Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, where he died.
The Chief Minister’s office later sent a statement: “Prakash was a loyal party worker. The district police have been directed to take steps to arrest the accused.”
Mr Kumaraswamy became chief minister of Karnataka in May after forming an alliance with the Congress following elections that threw up a hung verdict
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