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Karnataka government drops cases against 112 for violence in 2017

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government dropped the charges against 112 people, including BJP leaders, on Tuesday. The charges were related to a riot in 2017 that happened after a child died. An official who knows about the situation said that the charges were dropped on Tuesday.

The officer said that the decision was made at a meeting of the cabinet on Monday, and that it was made official on Tuesday.

The case against Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri is one of those that has been dropped.

On December 6, 2017, after the body of 18-year-old Paresh Mesta was found in a pond in Honnavar in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district “under mysterious circumstances,” riots broke out in the area.

On December 11, 2017, BJP activists in Kumta, Uttara Kannada, held a protest that turned violent. Protesters threw stones, burned tyres, and set buses and the car of an IGP on fire. In the accident, over seven people were hurt, including police officers.

After the violence, the Congress government led by Siddaramaiah filed charges against Kageri, who was an MLA at the time, as well as BJP leaders and Bajrang Dal activists.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) closed its investigation into the death of an 18-year-old in October of last year, calling it a “accident.”

The CBI said that there was no evidence that Mesta had been killed. The central agency will write to the magistrate court in Honnavar to tell them that the investigation into the case is over. In a letter to Mesta’s family last week, an officer who was looking into his death said, “The investigation has found that he died in an accident.”

“During the investigation, no evidence has come up that shows how the accused people were involved, and the medical and legal evidence/opinions from multiple institutions clearly show that Paresh Mesta drowned before he died. So, a final report (called a “closure report”) is being sent to the court that has jurisdiction over the case,” said the letter.

The BJP, which was in the Opposition in Karnataka at the time, said that a Muslim gang killed a Sangh Parivar worker because of their religious beliefs.

In the days after the murder, Shobha Karandlaje, an MP for the BJP in Udupi-Chikkamagaluru, said that “hot oil was poured on his body, turning it black,” and that “jihadi elements” were behind the killing. She also said that a Shivaji tattoo on Mesta’s body was taken off by tearing off his skin.

In response to the government’s decision, Congress MLA Priyank Kharge said that the BJP used the false story in the case to stir up violence between religious groups for political gain. “A day after the event, the state government made a forensic report saying that the death was caused by an accident. However, the BJP MLAs used this accident to stir up violence between different groups of people for their own political gain. Now, the same thing has been said by the CBI. “Despite this, instead of calling out their legislators for making such claims, they are dropping the cases against them,” he said.

BJP National President JP Nadda, on the other hand, said that Siddaramaiah was trying to cause trouble in Karnataka by dropping cases against members of the Popular Front of India, which has since been banned. “PFI is a banned group that spread fear in the community. While Siddarmaaiah was CM, 175 cases against PFI and KFD were dropped, and 1,600 of their members were let out of jail. They wanted to make people afraid, split up society, and mess up law and order. Will you (the public) back these kinds of people? “Do you want this kind of government?” he asked the people of Beluru at a public event.

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