Karnataka Congressman demands CBI probe into daughter’s murder

Congress councilor Niranjan Hiremath openly named eight persons allegedly involved in the crime and expressed dismay over the Karnataka government’s inability to arrest them in a sharp criticism of his own party’s handling of his daughter’s murder case .

Neha Hiremath, a first-year Master of Computer Applications (MCA) student at KLE Technological University in Hubballi, was tragically murdered by her former classmate Fayaz on campus earlier this month, sparking widespread condemnation and protests across the state .

Speaking to news agency ANI, the grieving father lamented the lack of progress in the investigation and said: “I am losing my confidence now. They’re trying to distract from my case. Give it to the CBI if you can’t do it… The commissioner in this case is a lady, even then she doesn’t take the murder of a girl seriously… She works under some pressure… I demand that the commissioner is being transferred due to negligence in the case… I demand that the case be transferred to the CBI.”

On Sunday, BJP national president JP Nadda expressed Hiremath’s demand for a CBI probe. He discussed the issue during a visit to Hiremath’s home. Nadda condemned the Karnataka government for allegedly trying to influence and distract the investigation to weaken the case.

“This is a shocking incident and we condemn it…The statements made by CM Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G Parameshwara on this incident are condemnable. Their statements dilute the investigation. The people of Karnataka will not spare the current government because of its appeasement policy. The state government should hand over the case to the CBI if the state police are unable to conduct a fair investigation. Hiremath has also demanded a CBI probe into the incident as he has less confidence in the state police,” Nadda pointed out.

Neha’s murder case has turned into a political debate and a standoff between the state’s ruling party, Congress and the opposition BJP in Karnataka. The case is believed to have a serious impact on the current electoral environment. While the Congress has described the muder as a ‘personal angle’, the BJP has reportedly termed it as ‘love jihad’ and a reflection of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

In response to the tragic incident, Muslim organizations on Monday called for a ‘bandh’ condemning the killing of Neha Hiremath in Hubballi. Dharwad-based Anjuman-e-Islam president Esmail Tamatgar announced that Muslim businessmen will observe a bandh from 10 am to 3 pm to offer condolences and protest against the brutal incident.

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