Mangaluru, Nov 13, 2015 : DK District in-charge Minister and State Minister for Forest and Environment B Ramanatha Rai has strongly condemned the BC Road incident wherein a youth named Harish was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters on November 13, Friday, Rai described the incident as very saddening and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of Harish on behalf of the state government. On this occasion, the Minister also requested the public not to pay heed to rumours and to ensure peace and harmony in the society.
The Minister further stated that he visited the family of Harish to express his condolences and revealed that Harish was the only bread winner of his family and his father was a cancer patient. He stated that the District Congress would also raise funds to assist his family.
Referring to the BC Road incident wherein stone pelting was reported after an SDPI meeting on Thursday evening, Rai said he was strongly opposed to communal outfits whether they belong to the majority or minority communities.
He also assured that the culprits in the Harish case would be tracked down and strictest action would be taken against them.
Defending the state government for its decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi, Rai said protesting by causing harm to life and property was not proper.
The Minister also stated that the Makkala Habba slated to be held on November 14 has been put off in the wake of the Prohibitory orders in force in the district for three days.
Ivan D’Souza, MLC, Ibrahim Kodijal, MUDA Chairman, Praveenchandra Alva, Corporator, Mithun Rai, District Youth Congress President and others were present.
Minister Rai along with other Congress leaders also visited the hospital and enquired about the health of Samiyulla, a friend of Harish, who was also injured while trying to rescue Harish.