Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is at the centre of a political storm after being caught on camera asking government officials to “mercilessly shootout” men allegedly involved in killing a JD(S) worker in Mandya district on Monday.
The Chief Minister was referring to the murder of JD(S) worker Honnalagere Prakash (50) by four motorcycle-borne assailants in Mandya. Prakash, who was travelling in his car, was allegedly stopped on the highway and hacked to death at around 4.30 pm. Passers-by took Prakash to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.
Speaking to The Indian Express, H D Dinesh, Kumaraswamy’s press secretary, said: “The Chief Minister has already clarified that this was an emotional outburst and not an order to the police. He was speaking to the Mandya superintendent of police about the case when he got emotional. Honnalegere Prakash was a sincere party worker and he was angered by his killing. He has said today as well that the law will take its course,” said
According to Kumaraswamy, he was told of Prakash’s murder when his helicopter landed in Bijapur. “I was told about his murder when I landed in Bijapur. I was very distressed about his murder. More than a party worker, he was devoted to social causes. I have been told that the men who killed him were in jail for murder and let out on bail…When I spoke to officers, I said shootout… the media should not misunderstand this,” he said. He later also clarified that he had spoken to officers again to clarify his orders. “That was not ordered as a chief minister. It was in anger. The perpetrators were out on bail and killed another man… I spoke to officers and changed the order to smoke out instead of the shootout,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Source – IE