Tiruchy BJP functionary’s murder a case of ‘love jihad’: SC panel V-C

'Love jihad’ has permeated into Tamil Nadu and this led to the recent murder of BJP functionary Vijaya Raghu, claimed the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Vice-Chairman, L Murugan, here on Wednesday.
Tiruchy BJP functionary’s murder a case of ‘love jihad’: SC panel V-C
NCSC Vice-Chairman L Murugan consoling Vijay Raghu’s family in Tiruchy on Wednesday

New Delhi

Talking to media after visiting the family of Vijaya Raghu here, Murugan said interaction with the deceased’s family members found that Vijaya Raghu was very active in favouring the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). When Opposition parties, including Muslim organisations, staged a protest against the Act and downed shutters with regard to the stir, Vijaya Raghu is said to have vehemently opposed their actions and even supported those who opened shops. This would have stirred hatred among the people who were against the CAA, it was doubted.

Moreover, being on a par with the neighbouring State of Kerala, the commission suspected that ‘love jihad’ had entered Tamil Nadu, citing a Muslim youth allegedly leaving a 17-year-old Hindu girl brainwashed since some two years ago. “This information is purely based on the investigations with the family,” Murugan stressed. Besides, there was enmity developed over the issue between a relative of Vijaya Raghu and ‘Mittai’ Babu, the main accused in the murder, he said. In one instance, ‘Mittai’ Babu had even attacked Vijaya Raghu’s relative and a case was under progress in which Vijaya Raghu was the eye witness.

Under such circumstances, ‘Mittai’ Babu murdered Vijaya Raghu, who is also a Dalit, and a case has hence been registered against the accused under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Steps are being taken to arrange compensation for the murdered BJP functionary’s family, Murugan said.

Further, the NCSC Vice-Chairman pointed out that the police have established five teams to nab the accused and a report would be submitted to the commission. The police have been instructed to speeden up the investigation, Murugan added.

Earlier in the day, Murugan visited Vijaya Raghu’s family at his house and consoled them over his death. District Collector S Sivarasu, City Commissioner of police V Varadharaju and Deputy Commissioner Vedharathinam and others accompanied him in the visit.

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