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Who’s behind the killings of 5 Muslim politicians in Dakshina Kannada?

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Mangaluru: Political killings! The phrase naturally draws your attention towards the politically motivated murders of neighbouring Kerala. The reason is that no political party in Dakshina Kannada so far considered the gruesome killings of several budding Congress leaders in the district seriously. Not to mention all the five murdered Congress leaders in this coastal district of Karnataka belonged to Muslim community.

murdersBlood for blood is an unwritten rule among the gangsters. However, in Dakshina Kannada, several promising local Muslim leaders of Congress party who had no criminal records have been hacked to death by the notorious criminals in the past two decades.

Malluru Hameed, a budding Congress leader in Bantwal taluk, who was also a close aide of party veteran B Ramanath Rai, was the first Muslim political leader to be targeted in the district in late 1990s.

After a few years, M D Abdul Jabbar, who was the president of Mangaluru Taluk Panchayat, was hacked to death at the TP office premises in the heart of the city on May 16, 2003 before the eyes of his wife and daughter. He had come to TP office after attending Juma prayers in a local mosque and was about to get into a jeep when three persons armed with lethal weapons attacked him.

Notorious rowdy Polali Ananthu led gang, which had close links with the saffron outfits, was responsible for both the murders. Even after the elimination of Ananthu and his associates by rival gang members, the bloodshed did not end in Dakshina Kannada. The bloodthirsty anti social elements not only targeted rival gang members but also continued to eliminate political leaders and other individuals who had no links with the criminal world.

A few months after Ananthu was murdered, another local Congress leader and president of the Sangabettu Gram Panchayat Abdul Rahman was hacked to death by a gang of miscreants in Bantwal taluk (August 30, 2005). He was also a close aide of Ramanath Rai.

In 2016, the district witnessed murder of another local Muslim politician. Mohammed Ismaeel (52), a leader of Congress Minorities Cell and husband of Waheeda Ismail, former president of Bellare Grama Panchayat was hacked to death by miscreants near a mosque after Juma prayers on September 23, 2016 at Ivarnadu in Sullia taluk. Though it turned out to be a case of personal rivalry over a land dispute, the accused in the case are not yet convicted.

The recent murder of Abdul Jaleel, vice president of Karopadi Gramp Panchayat in Bantwal taluk (April 20, 2017) has once again sent shockwaves across the district. The failure of the district police to arrest the accused in the case even after a week has led to anger and frustration among people.

Even though the above five murder cases apparently have no connections with each other, now questions are being raised over the possibility of a major conspiracy against the young Muslim politicians in the district. According to DYFI leader Muneer Katipalla, senior leaders of Congress never took these murders seriously. Leaders of Popular Front of India and Social Democratic Party of India too are now pointing fingers at the ‘don’t care’ attitude of Congress veterans.

Also Read: Jaleel Karopadi murder: Underworld, saffron elements among 11 arrested



Like [2]Dislike [1] #6 Althaf, Doha2017-04-30
Who else.. Chaddi Sanghis...
Like [2]Dislike [3] #5 S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai2017-04-30
Sirajuddin & CD
Dont care attitude in the sense of what?
Congress Muslims Leaders killed by Sanghis hand. Open your eys Congress party ruling in our state! publicity minister and so called secular person UTK ruling surrounding area and as you mentioned most of Killed congress muslims are closely aid of Mr. Rai now Mangalore Administration under Rai control why he didnt give justice to them?

What DYFI, PFI SDPI can do? If congress doesnot have capable to secure their own party leader that too ruling party also. then what can others do?

First think their self before blaming others
Like [2]Dislike [3] #4 Trial, Manglore2017-04-29
All above cases there is no political leaders from opposite group got murdered only the local criminal rowdy sheeters lost their lives, in some cases people have doubt that the same right wing political leaders gave their sufari to another gang to keep themselves safe, these poor guys are also victims they are brainwashed, thinking that they are putting their on life in risk throwing their families in problem to protect their religion, actually they are protecting the interest of some political leaders and their hidden agendas. actual criminals are enjoying the power even they changed the political parties. family of the murdered leaders should take action against those political leaders and right wing leaders who are planning behind the screen they have to pay similar price for these murders along with the criminals. murder for murder is the real solution because everyone know that police department is most corrupted department in our country.
Like [7]Dislike [4] #3 K K Lobo, Mangaluru2017-04-28
Mr Devadas.

I think you have drunk too much today. Mind your tongue before you spit. What do you mean? Are Catholics fueling enmity between other communities?
Like [12]Dislike [4] #2 Devadas, Mangalore2017-04-28
Attn. Readers: Naren Kotian creature is a Catholic, who is intending others to fight each other.
Like [4]Dislike [17] #1 Naren Kotian, singapore2017-04-28
Thank god these rogues didnot point at Mossad :)

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