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Attack in Bengaluru over ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans takes political turn

Attack in Bengaluru over ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans takes political turn

Bengaluru: The BJP leaders in the state blamed the Congress administration after three youths were reportedly attacked for raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans in the city.

Leader of the Opposition R. Ashoka said that the incident was a result of the “appeasement by the Congress government”. People will teach a “befitting lesson” in the Lok Sabha election, he added.

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje visited the residences of victims Vinayak, Rahul and Pavan in MS Palya of Bengaluru on Wednesday late night and asked after their health.

The Union Minister later said that the victims, holding saffron flags on the occasion of Ram Navami, were travelling in a car. Near MS Palya, youth belonging to another community waylaid them and assaulted them.

“We condemn the incident. Ram Navami festival is celebrated across the country today and our youths celebrate the festival in different ways, they worship, and take out a procession. They naturally would carry saffron flags and they did not raise provocative slogans…” she said.

“The victims are saying that a group of five to six persons attacked them. I urge the police to arrest all of them,” she added.

“We will not sit quietly if there is a hand of Congress leaders from the Bengaluru North Parliamentary Constituency (in the incident). We will take up agitation… I have heard that the police are taking the issue very lightly and irresponsibly. I will immediately speak to the Police Commissioner and the DCP,” the Union Minister said.

Meanwhile, police have arrested two persons and detained one minor for the attack.

The incident took place under the limits of the Vidyaranyapura police station in the state capital.

DCP (North East), Lakshmi Prasad, said a case has been registered in the matter under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“The youths travelling in the car holding flags had raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans. The accused waylaid the car and created a ruckus. The youths in the car were also assaulted. A case has been registered in this regard. The police have launched a hunt for the other accused persons who attacked the youths,” the DCP said.

Sources said the victims were returning after celebrating Ram Navami when they were attacked.

In a purported video that has gone viral on social media, some bikers could be seen warning the youths against raising ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogans, and instead asking them to chant ‘Allah Hu Akbar’.

IANS with edits

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