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Karnataka: BJP MLA says ISIS behind Jain monk's murder

Union Minister Prahlad Joshi also termed the murder as "highly condemnable." So far the Karnataka government has rejected demand of a CBI probe of the murder case was rejected by the Karnataka government.

Karnataka: BJP MLA says ISIS behind Jain monks murder

Bharatiya Janata Party Karnataka MLA Siddu Savadi

BENGALURU: Bharatiya Janata Party Karnataka MLA Siddu Savadi has alleged that terrorist organisation ISIS is behind the murder of Jain monk Kamakumar Nandi Maharaj in and has demanded a CBI probe in the case. Taking to reporters on Monday, the MLA representing assembly Teradal assembly constituency said, "This murder of the Jain monk was committed by ISIS. No Indians can murder anybody in such a brutal manner. The government should consider this case very seriously and it should be handed over to the CBI."

The BJP MLA said that the murder was so violent that the Jain monk was electrocuted and cut into pieces and thrown into a bore well. The MLA alleged that Jain monks are being targeted by terrorists and said that after this brutal murder they are very concerned about their safety.

Karnataka minister Priyank Kharge on Monday said the murder of the Jain monk appears to be the "fallout of a personal feud", vowing to take strict action against criminals behind Saturday's murder. "The community (Jain) is with the Government, they know that there has been no malicious intent on the part of the state government and this seems to be a personal feud rather than a community issue," Kharge told reporters in Bengaluru.

The minister accused the Bharatiya Janata Party, who has been demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the case, of "communalising" the murder. "As BJP has no issues to take up, they want to take this up on communal lines...", he alleged, adding, "the Jain community is satisfied with the state government's inquiry". Police recovered body parts of the Digambar seer from a defunct borewell in a field in Chikkodi in Belagavi district on July 8.

The monk was reported missing by the manager of the ashram where he used to stay and two persons have been arrested in this connection.Abhay Patil, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Belgavi termed the murder a "deep-rooted conspiracy". "I went there. I feel there is a deep-rooted conspiracy...I dont think this Government can give justice, so we demand a CBI enquiry. Since this govt (Siddaramaiah-led Congress) has come to power, Pakistan zindabad slogans have been raised in Belgavi," Abhay Patil said.

"This is an anti-Hindu sarkar," alleged the BJP leader. "They have not pressed for any other agency to be looking into this investigation. Department of Home is competent enough, nobody will be spared. As far as BJP is concerned, they can demand whatever they want. Let the investigation report come out...," minister Kharge added.

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Monday said there is no need for a CBI probe into the murder case. He met with Gunadhar Nandhi Maharaj at Navgrah Tirth prior to his Chikkodi visit.

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