In an unexpected move, the recently elected Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has landed in controversy. He was caught on tape instructing someone to mercilessly avenge the killing of a local leader of his party, JDS.
“He (Prakash) was a good man. I don’t know who killed him in this way. Kill the miscreant mercilessly. There would be no issue,” he is heard saying in video clips recorded by local journalists.
Later, leaders close to Kumaraswamy said that he was shocked to hear about the killing and it was just an emotional outburst.
Mr. Kumaraswamy too had a similar explanation.
Prakash, a local leader of the Janata Dal-Secular, was hacked to death in Mandya.
“It was not an order passed by me as the chief minister. It was due to anger. The suspects are wanted in two other murder cases. They were in jail and now they have killed one more person,” he said.
The JDS local leader Prakash was hacked to death on Monday around 4.30 pm in Mandya in south Karnataka, reportedly by men on motorcycles who chased his car down, forced it to stop and attacked him with machetes.
They left him slumped inside the SUV, drenched in blood. He was taken to the Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, where he died.