Communal tension in Kushalnagar Karnataka after Sankalp Yatra


MADEKERI: Praveen Poojari, 30, was murdered at Kushalnagar on the Mysuru-Kodagu border leading to tension in the region on Monday.
Praveen, son of Chandappa Poojari, was killed by unknown persons on Sunday midnight near Guddehosuru village and the body was found in his autorickshaw. This happened hours after the Sankalpa Yatra organized by a pro-Hindu organization to create awareness about nationalism. Kodagu police clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC in Kushalnagar and surrounding places.
Pro-Hindu organization workers on Monday gathered at the mortuary in Kushalnagar and auto drivers joined them. They demanded the arrest of the killers before the postmortem was conducted. They didn’t allow the medical officer to enter the mortuary and demanded the presence of in-charge minister Seetharam who attended the Independence Day celebrations at Madikeri.
To pacify the agitators, deputy commissioner Richard Vincent and MLC Sunil Subramani communicated the minister’s strong message that the killers would be arrested within 24 hours and the victim’s family would be compensated.
The district witnessed communal tension for more than a month in the aftermath of violence at Madikeri during the Tipu Sultan birth anniversary last November.