Mangaluru, July 09, 2016: Speaking to media on July 8, Friday, DK, Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has warned of a bandh in the district, if the state government fails to arrest the people responsible for the death of DySP M K Ganapathi.
DK MP Kateel said that Ganapathi, who had served in various parts of the district, has given the names of officials and politicians, who had been harassing him, before ending his life. "The government is duty bound to take appropriate action in the matter, or else we will call for a Dakshina Kannada bandh. It may spread across the state later," the MP warned. MP Kateel also said that, if need arises, he will initiate discussion about the issue at Lok Sabha.
In a vitriolic attack on the Congress-led government in the state, Kateel said that, beginning from Sub-inspector Mallikarjuna Bande (who lost his life in a suspicious manner during an encounter), many police officials - including the DySP of Chikkkamagaluru sub-division Kallappa Handibag - and IAS officer D K Ravi have ended their lives. "It is implied very clearly that most of the officials are working under pressure, especially after the current government came to power. If this is the situation under which police are forced to deliver, the plight of the common man is unimaginable," said Kateel MP DK.
Later sddressing media at the BJP party office, District unit President Sanjeeva Matandoor insisted on a CBI, Central Bureau of Investigation probe into DySP Ganapathi’s suicide. Giving a call for protest in all the eight Assembly constituencies in the district - alleging failure of the state government in checking the recurring incidents of police personnel death - Matandoor said, " No one is spared the mental agony in this matter."
Referring to the recent incident of Mysuru DC C Shikha, who lodged a police complaint against K Marigowda, a close aide of Siddaramaiah, Matandoor said, "Most of the leaders are interfering in official works. Such is the situation that, either the officials are forced to end lives or resign," citing another example of Anupama Shenoy, who resigned as DySP of Kudligi in Ballari district. Reacting to media query, whether BJP was trying to politicise the issues, Matandoor denied any such attempts. To another query on why the party leaders kept mum when RTI activist Vinayak Baliga was murdered, Matandoor claimed most of the leaders had called on his family members.