Mangaluru, Jan 1: Nalin Kumar Kateel, a senior BJP leader and Member of Parliament from Dakshina Kannada, on Sunday welcomed the New Year by threatening to arson his own constituency after accusing the police of inefficiency.
The hardline Hindutva leader was speaking at a protest meet organised by the Hindu Hitharakshana Vedike in front of the Konaje police station in Mangaluru taluk after a silent march from nearby Pajir town demanding the arrest of the accused in the murder case of Karthik Raj, a local youth who was hacked to death by unidentified miscreants near Konaje on October 22.
“We are giving you (police) 10 days to arrest the culprits behind the murder. If you can’t arrest them, then we are capable of setting Dakshina Kannada district ablaze without delay. Yes we can do that,” said an angry Kateel.
In his controversial speech, the MP not only threatened to arson Dakshina Kannada district but claimed that the “terrorists from Kerala” would come to here and arson the district! He then questioned whether the police, who were not seen during the protest march, had gone to arson (the district)?
The MP also held local congress MLA U T Khader, who is also the minister for food and civil supplies, responsible for the rampant criminal activities in Ullal-Konaje region. Ironically, he then held “terrorists from Kerala” responsible for the same!
Mr Kateel, then all of a sudden turned secular and said that Muslims, Hindus and Christians are not responsible for the criminal activities in Dakshina Kannada district. “Terrorism of Kerala is behind all these. Terror activities from Kerala have spread to this district through its border town Ullal. If you close your eyes, terrorists of Kerala will burn down the district,” he said.
BJP Mangaluru Assembly unit president Santosh Kumar Boliyar said that the constituency witnesses a greater number of untoward incidents as compared to other constituencies in the district. He warned that a dharna would be staged right outside the police station if the accused in the Kartik Raj murder case are not arrested within 10 days.
Hindu Jagarana Vedike Vittal taluk unit convener Ganaraj Bhat Kedila said that if one considers the horrific incidents taking place in Ullal, one would wonder if one is witnessing a part of India or Pakistan. Even though the police honestly probe into the case, the government is unnecessarily interfering, he added.
Former MLA K Jayaram Shetty, BJP district executive committee member Rajesh Shetty Pajiruguttu, ZP member Dhanalakshmi Gatti and Pajir Gram Panchayat President Seetaram Shetty were present.