Bengaluru: Following protests, government hands over Paresh Mesta case to CBI

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By referring the case to the CBI, the government can always point a finger at the central investigation agency, which is under the NDA government, for any delay in the probe. He was reported missing on December 6. It raised objections to a police report that quoted forensic experts as saying that the youngster's body was not mutilated and burnt (as claimed by the BJP).

The BJP has blamed "jihadi elements" for Mesta's death, while Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has accused the saffron party of using the incident for "political gains".

With an intention to stall any attempt to give the incident a communal colour and keeping the recent violence in the district in mind, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been promulgated in Honnavar for 24 hours from 11 am today, a senior district administration official said.

Kumta in the same district also witnessed violence when the auto of IGP (Western Range) Hemanth Nimbalkar was set ablaze yesterday amid protests seeking justice for Mesta, whose body was found on Friday.

The party has been saying that almost 15 activists of the Sangh Parivar and pro-Hindu organisations have been killed in coastal Karnataka and elsewhere in the past a few months.

State home minister Ramalinga Reddy said the government made a decision to hand over the probe to the CBI not only to honour the father's wishes but also to show that it has nothing to hide.

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"There were injuries on his face".

How can the death of a 19-year-old breadwinner of a family be treated as an ordinary case? Kamalakar's statement to the Times of India debunks the BJP's claim that Paresh was a party activist. BJP leader K S Eshwarappa, who led the BJP delegation, alleged that the situation in Karnataka now is similar to Kerala, where, he said, many BJP and RSS workers have been killed.

The parliamentarian said she feared that the government may be trying to destroy evidence on the pretext of conducting post-mortem examinations.

Reddy said it was part of the BJP's strategy to politicise deaths and then go silent when investigations reveal no blame on the government's part.

"We are not giving any inflammatory speeches".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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