Cop who arrested kar sevak did his duty, won’t suspend him: Minister | India News

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BENGALURU: Home minister G Parameshwara on Thursday ruled out suspension of the police inspector who arrested kar sevak Srikanth Poojari in connection with a 31-year-old case related to the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation in Hubballi recently even as the opposition BJP continued to mount pressure.
“Why should the inspector of Hubballi be suspended? He has done his duty.Let the BJP protest. If they think there should not be law and order in the state, let them continue the protest,” Parmeshwara said, while reacting to BJP’s demand for the immediate release of the kar sevak and suspension of the police inspector who made his arrest by January 9.
“Barring the fact that the arrest has been made ahead of the Ram Mandir inauguration in Ayodhya, police have not done anything against the law. BJP is unnecessarily blowing it up for political reasons. We can’t tolerate the politics of BJP. Let BJP protest and we will do what is required,” Parameshwara added.
Asked about the officer being sent on compulsory leave, Parameshwara stated that the officer is not sent on compulsory leave. “He has gone on leave for two days since January 2 and will take charge after returning and carry out his duties,” he said.
Commenting on the “I am kar sevak, arrest me” campaign by BJP leaders in the state, Parameshwara said, “Let them do what they want, we will do our job.”
Earlier, speculation was rife that home ministry had sent police Inspector Mohammad Rafeeq, who arrested the kar sevak in Hubballi on compulsory leave. Rafeeq, attached to Hubballi Town police station, had arrested Srikanth Poojari on December 29. Poojari was sent to judicial custody and sources said a special team was also formed to reopen the pending cases lodged during the Ayodhya Rath Yatra.
The Karnataka BJP, which had staged a statewide protest on Wednesday, continued to step up pressure on the government by launching the “I’m also a kar sevak, arrest me too’ campaign on Thursday. Leading the campaign in Bengaluru, MLA and former minister V Sunil Kumar staged a sit-in near the Sadashivnagar police station, amid chants of “Jai Sri Ram” by BJP workers.
Holding a placard, Kumar said he too took part in the Ram temple agitation in 1992, for which he should also be arrested. Later, police took him into preventive custody. Senior BJP leaders KS Eshwarappa and CT Ravi led the protests in Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru, respectively.
BJP has accused the Congress government of being harsh on Hindus, and also indulging in minority appeasement.
Rubbishing the charges, chief minister Siddaramaiah has described Poojari as a “social miscreant” and “criminal suspect” and said he is facing allegations of involvement in 16 anti-social activities, including illegal liquor sales, gambling and matka.
Denouncing the Siddaramaiah government over the arrest, Sunil Kumar said the Hindu activist is being portrayed as a criminal, but the Mangaluru cooker bomb accused is called innocent.


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