Free Press Journal

VHP blames Karnataka government for activist’s death


New Delhi: Condemning the death of their activist, who died during clashes that erupted in Madikeri of Karnataka, the VHP on Tuesday blamed the state government for the death saying it was the result of “vote-bank politics”.

“For the sake of votes and to appease the minorities, they are glorifying people like Babur, Aurangzeb and Tipu sultan. This killing was a result of this,” Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia said.

D.S. Kuttappa, died of injuries he sustained in a clash while protesting the Karnataka government’s Tipu Sultan Jayanthi celebrations in Madikeri town of Kodagu district on Tuesday. He suffered head injuries in stone pelting when a pro-Tipu Sultan group and VHP activists clashed at Thimmaiah circle in Madikeri, officials said.

When a Muslim group celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th century Mysore ruler and the VHP group opposing it came face to face, a showdown took place on Tuesday morning, leaving three people injured.

“This is unfortunate that the secular Talibani forces are following these people (Tipu Sultan, Babur and Aurangzeb). They all protested when Akhlaq was killed in Dadri but no one is speaking up now. We condemn this killing and demand that the culprits should be punished,” Togadia said.