Udupi, Aug 18, 2017: The district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a dharna in front of the Udupi DC’s Office August 17, Thursday demanding a ban on Popular Front of India (PFI) and Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD).
Mattar Ratnakar Hegde, president of the district unit of the BJP, in his address said that the attacks on the workers of the BJP and Sangh Parivar had increased in the State. The PFI and KFD were the two organisations that were responsible for these attacks.
These organisations had connections with SIMI, a banned organisation. In fact, the office-bearers of SIMI were now the office-bearers of PFI and KFD. These organisations were involved in several incidents of violence against Hindus and had their network in other States such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa.
Recent investigation by the police in the murder of the RSS worker Sharath Madiwala had revealed that the PFI was behind it. Sharath Madiwala was hacked to death by a gang on July 4 at B.C. Road in Mangaluru. The police had arrested a person, Khalilullah, and charged him with the murder of Madiwala.
Khalilullah was the president of the Chamarajanagar unit of the PFI. It was not just Mangaluru, these organisations were also involved in violent incidents against activists of Sangh Parivar in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Moodbidri. Hence, it was essential that the government banned both the PFI and KFD in the State. The government should freeze the bank accounts of both these organisations and confiscate all their immovable assets immediately. All cases of assault on Sangh Parivar activists and also their murder should be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for a thorough probe.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should dismiss Minister for Environment and Forests, B. Ramanath Rai, for supporting these anti-social organisations and for provoking communal violence, Hegde said.