Mangaluru, July 1, 2019: District In-charge Minister U T Khader visited the girl, who was stabbed more than a dozen times by her stalker, at K S Hegde Hospital, where she is critical and being treated in Deralakatte on June 30, Sunday.
Speaking to media, he said the victim, Deeksha, was responding to the treatment. He consoled her parents and offered financial assistance from his own pocket.
He also lauded the nurse and the driver of ambulance who rushed to the spot on getting the news of stabbing. The nurse on reaching the spot saw the stalker, Sushanth, with knife and was able to convince him to stop stabbing the girl. Minister Khader assured to recommend the name of the nurse for Shaurya award.
The minister expressed deep concern over the increase in drug abuse cases in the district, he said in spite of the police efforts to contain drug menace, it was rapidly going out of control.
Drug peddling : The police are under pressure to initiate strict action against drug peddlers. “It appears Sushanth attacked Deeksha under the influence of drugs. The accused is already in police custody,” Khader added.
On MP Shobha Karandlaje’s allegation that he was supporting cattle traffickers, Khader said, “Karandlaje was not sufficiently aware of facts in her own constituency. Let her solve the problems in her constituency first. There are MLAs, MLCs and an MP in Dakshina Kannada to solve the issues bothering the district. MP Karandlaje should not level false allegations against Dakshina Kannada district. Let her look into the problems in her constituency.”
“In spite of people rejecting the candidature of Shobha Karandlaje in Udupi-Chikmagalur, she won the election in the name of Modi. Shobha should introspect on her work in her constituency. I do not take seriously what Shobha alleges, as she is biased,” said Khader.
Further, regarding illegal transportation of cattle, the DK minister said a meeting of leaders from all religions and disciplines will be convened soon.
“I will seek suggestions from senior leaders, seers, religious heads. Let Shobha Karandlaje give her suggestions during the meeting. Shobha had been levelling allegations against me for long. As a minister I had tried to shutdown skill game centre and massage parlours operating illegally in the district.”
He said, “All efforts have been made to restore peace and harmony in the district. In the name of cattle transport, members from minority community, backward class and common man are assaulted. I will discuss the matter in depth with officials soon.