An RSS Swayamsevak and autorickshaw driver Praveen Poojari, aged 32, was hacked to death on Sunday night in Kushalnagar town, Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka.
As per this report in StarOfMysore.com :
“Poojari was returning home after participating in a torchlight rally organised as part of ‘Akhand Bharath Sankalpa Yatra’ when three unidentified persons hired his auto. After travelling for some distance, they attacked an unsuspecting Poojari at a curved stretch of the road, with a knife, inflicting injuries on his neck and abdomen, it is learnt.
Even as Poojari bled to death, the attackers fled the spot.
As the news of Poojari’s death spread, hundreds of workers of BJP and Hindu organisations gathered in front of Kushalnagar Government Hospital mortuary. They were joined by members of Auto Driver Associations, who staged a flash protest in front of the mortuary, demanding that the District in-charge Minister M.R. Seetharam visit the spot. Virajpet MLA K.G. Bopaiah, who visited the spot, succeeded in convincing the protestors to disperse.
As tension gripped the town following Poojari’s murder, the Police clamped prohibitory orders in the town as a precautionary measure till tomorrow.
Strongly condemning Praveen Poojari’s murder, Bopaiah said that Hindu activists were being targeted in the district. Urging the Police to take appropriate measures for preventing such incidents, Bopaiah asked the Police to trace and apprehend the culprits at the earliest.“
BJP MLA Arvind Limbavali has also tweeted his concern with the abject law & order situation in Karnataka under Congress rule –
Murder of a RSS Swayamsevak at Kushalnagar is yet another example of law&order situation in Congress rule Karnataka pic.twitter.com/x19MJ9aId9
— Arvind Limbavali (@bjparvind) August 16, 2016
A few days back, we had another report of Karnataka Congress leaders taking the law into their own hands –
— India Today (@IndiaToday) August 15, 2016
With upright police officials such as DSP Anupama Shenoy being targeted by Government ministers and Congress functionaries, and senior police/admin officers dying in mysterious circumstances such as DSP MS Ganapathi , DSP Kalappa Handibag, IAS DK Ravi – it beggars belief why there is zero debate in national media on the grave crisis facing Karnataka – a state which is home to Bengaluru, the hub of our country’s iconic IT industry. It is almost as if Karnataka has fallen off the map for our Lutyen’s media cabal – NDTV, TimesNow, CNN IBN, Headlines Today etc. – that was full of negative stories around corruption, church attacks, piling garbage etc. during the previous BJP Government under BS Yedyurappa. While BSY & BJP were hounded 24×7 by our ‘nuetral’ media commentators, Siddaramaiah and his Godmother Sonia have been given a free pass!
If these double standards do not expose the agenda of our English language media, nothing ever will.
The recent event organized by Amnesty International at a Theological college (Christian seminary) in Bengaluru, ostensibly to empathize with victims of the conflict in Kashmir, that predictably led to anti-Bharat, pro-Pakistan and anti-Army sloganeering shows how deep the nexus between #BreakingIndia forces is today : Congress/’Secular’ parties–>Missionaries–>Jihadis–>Communists–>Maoists–>Foreign-funded NGOs–>Marxist Academics–>Lutyen’s Media
Strongly condemn the lathicharge on ABVP Karyakartas for protesting @AmnestyIndia ‘s anti national slogans-Cong Govt has crossed all limits
— Arvind Limbavali (@bjparvind) August 16, 2016
Danger Zone For Hindu Activists in South Karnataka
The hacking of Praveen Poojari comes on the back of 3 other recent murders of Hindu activists in Karnataka, all in a belt comprising of 3 adjacent Karnataka districts – Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu (Coorg), Mysore:
- Kyathemaranahalli Raju (37), a BJP leader, was brutally hacked to death in Mysuru near a tea stall at Udayagiri extension in March this year by a gang of four to five who attacked him with lethal weapons. Raju had stopped the illegal construction of a masjid in Kyatamaranahalli and was the main driving force behind building a Ganesh temple. Only one person has been arrested thus far, and even his name was not revealed in media reports.
- Prashant Poojary, a Bajrang Dal activist, was hacked to death in Moodbidri (Dakshina Kannada) in Oct 2015 for opposing cow slaughter. 9 people have been arrested thus far for this muder – Mohammad Sharif, Mohammad Mustafa, Kabir, Mustafa Kavoor, Mohammud Haneef (36), Mohammud Ilyas (27), Ibrahmin Liyaqat (26), Abdul Rasheed (39), Mohammad Imtiaz Gantalkatte (40 – he was arrested at Mumbai airport while trying to fly out to Dubai) – all of them are members of the Popular Front of India (PFI), a radical Islamic Organisation; Mohammad Sharif is the president of local unit of PFI in Bajpe in Dakshina Kannada district. A Congress minister Abhyachandra Jain is known to be close to PFI, and had stitched together an alliance between Congress and PFI’s political wing, Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), for panchayat elections.
- DS Kutappa, a retired State Government employee and VHP’s Organising Secretary for Kodagu district, was killed in Nov 2015 during stone-throwing by Islamists who attacked a peaceful protest against Congress Government sponsored ‘Tipu Jayanti’ celebrations. CM Siddaramaiah was quick to issue a statement that Kutappa died after falling from a roof to escape the police lathi charge, but later his own police arrested 2 people – Khalid from Arekadu village and Abdul Gafoor from Hudikeri near Siddapur – for the violence which led to Kutappa’s death.
It is probably no coincidence that this danger zone for Hindu activists in Karnataka is bordering North Kerala, another hotspot of Islamic fundamentalism that is flourishing in districts of Kasargod, Kannur, Malappuram. Recently, 21 Muslim youth (including recent converts) had gone missing from Kasargod, suspected to have joined terror group IS (Islamic State). The Islamist organization PFI is based out of Kerala, although it has now acquired a multi-state dimension across South Bharat by merging with other Islamist outfits like Karnataka Forum for Dignity etc. PFI cadre have been involved in several cases of murder, kidnapping, intimidation, Love Jihad and rioting such as the assault on professor T. J. Joseph. In 2012, the Government of Kerala informed the High Court that the activities of Popular Front are inimical to the safety of the country and it is “nothing but a resurrection of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in another form.” Intel agencies have also found PFI to be involved in terror attacks carried out by IM (Indian Mujahideen), while Taliban & Al-Qaeda propaganda material was seized during raids in 2010.
While our national media and intelligentsia is preoccupied with the alleged threat of ‘cow terror‘, who will raise the issue of Islamist threat to ordinary Hindus like Praveen Poojari? Going by his surname and this Government classification, it appears that Praveen Poojary is an OBC (Other Backward Class) – at least from that angle, shouldn’t he get a mention on front pages and during 9 PM TV debates? Or does his Hindu identity override his caste/class status in the eyes of our secular-liberal media?