Mangaluru man who was attacked to 'avenge' BJP worker's murder succumbs to injuries

He was killed allegedly by right-wing activists.

A 47-year-old man, who was attacked in the aftermath of a BJP activist’s murder in Karnataka, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. The deceased Abdul Basheer, who ran a food stall in Mangaluru, was allegedly attacked by four persons on January 3 when he was closing his shop.

According to an NDTV report, Basheer was allegedly assaulted in retaliation for the murder of a local BJP leader, Deepak Rao. The entire incident was captured on CCTV cameras and four people have been arrested by the police.

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Siddaramaiah. File photo: The Indian Express


How did it start?

It all started when Deepak Rao, a Bajrang Dal and BJP worker, was hacked to death in broad daylight by four persons at Katipalla near Surathkal. His murder sparked outrage in the region among fellow activists leading to the attack on Basheer.

The four attackers assaulted him with lethal weapons when he was going home after closing his shop. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter, reports The New Indian Express. Meanwhile, Deepak Rao, 22, was hacked to death in Surathkal in Dakshina Kannada district on the same day when Basheer was attacked.

His murder sparked political outrage with BJP accusing the Congress-led Karnataka government of ignoring the attacks on right-wing activists. Congress, on the other hand, blamed the BJP for communalising issues to gain an advantage in the upcoming elections.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Basheer’s family. The state government has deployed additional police to maintain law and order and ensure peace in the communally sensitive Mangaluru region, reports PTI.

(Feature image is representational | Source: The Indian Express)