Karnataka Jain Monk Murder: In the wake of the alleged murder of Nandi Ji Maharaj in the Belagavi district, a political controversy has arisen in Karnataka, with the ruling Congress and opposition BJP exchanging accusations.
Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge, addressing the media, accused the BJP of attempting to exploit the situation for political gain by raising communal tensions.
He stated that the Jain community is satisfied with the state government's inquiry into the incident and believes it to be a personal feud rather than a community issue.
Kharge emphasized that the Department of Home is conducting a competent investigation and assured that no one involved in the crime will be spared.
He expressed confidence in the government's intentions and dismissed any claims of malicious intent. Kharge's comments were in response to the BJP's demand for an investigation by another agency.
Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, representing the BJP, responded to Kharge's statements by accusing the ruling Congress of attempting to manipulate local residents into giving statements suggesting financial irregularities on the part of the deceased monk.
Joshi further alleged that the police suspect the murderers are being protected, insinuating political interference.
The murder of has evoked widespread condemnation.
The monk had gone missing from his ashram on July 5 and was found dead a few days later, with his dismembered body discovered in a defunct borewell in Hirekodi village.
Two individuals, Narayana Basappa Madi and Hassan Dalayath, have been arrested in connection with the murder, and the police have cited a monetary dispute as the motive.
Chief Nalin Kumar Kateel issued a statement condemning the incident and urging the government to conduct a thorough investigation encompassing all aspects related to the crime.
The demand for justice and punishment for the culprits has been echoed by politicians from various parties.
As the investigation unfolds, both the Congress and BJP continue to trade accusations, intensifying the political dimension of the case.
The statements made by politicians reflect their differing perspectives on the motive behind the murder and the handling of the investigation. Meanwhile, the Jain community seeks reassurance that justice will be served and the truth will be revealed.