HDK re­fuses to apol­o­gise for shoot mer­ci­lessly re­mark

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Bengaluru: Em­broiled in a row over his shoot mer­ci­lessly re­marks, Kar­nataka chief min­is­ter HD Ku­maraswamy on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 26 re­jected the op­po­si­tion de­mand for an apol­ogy over his com­ments, say­ing he was an emo­tional per­son.

Ku­maraswamy found him­self in a rag­ing con­tro­versy on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 25 af­ter a video of his tele­phonic in­struc­tion to shoot mer­ci­lessly those who had killed a JDS worker in the party’s strong­hold of Mandya district on Mon­day went vi­ral.

As the con­tro­versy re­fused to die down de­spite his clar­i­fi­ca­tion, Ku­maraswamy said, “It is not a big is­sue..it is a hu­man ten­dency...in that sort of a sit­u­a­tion any hu­man be­ing will re­act like that.I have al­ready clar­i­fied it, that is why I changed the word also.”

JDS worker Prakash was hacked to death al­legedly by four men in Mad­dur town Mon­day evening.

Claim­ing that he was an “emo­tional” per­son, Ku­maraswamy told re­porters, “Even if a sin­gle cit­i­zen is in trou­ble, I will in­volve my­self...that is­sue is over ac­cord­ing to me, that is why I said instead of en­counter, I said smoke them out...that is my fi­nal word”

Hit­ting out at Ku­maraswamy for his “ir­re­spon­si­ble” com­ments, state BJP pres­i­dent and leader of op­po­si­tion in the assem­bly BS Yed­dyu­rappa de­manded that he apol­o­gise to the peo­ple of the state.

Ques­tion­ing BJP lead­ers about an in­ci­dent where two farm­ers were al­legedly shot dead by po­lice dur­ing Yed­dyu­rappa’s ten­ure as chief min­is­ter at Haveri in north Kar­nataka, Ku­maraswamy ques­tioned, “was it not a big is­sue?”

To a ques­tion about the de­mand for an apol­ogy, he snapped back, “why should I apol­o­gise?”

A hu­man rights ac­tivist has, mean­while, pe­ti­tioned the State Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, terming the chief min­is­ter’s re­marks as a “clear vi­o­la­tion” of hu­man rights.

The pe­ti­tioner, T Narasimha Murthy, urged the com­mis­sion to is­sue a no­tice to the chief min­is­ter seek­ing an ex­pla­na­tion from him with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, “to ex­am­ine the im­pli­ca­tions and im­pact of such emo­tional re­marks on the po­lice, ju­di­ciary and pub­lic,” and to is­sue ap­pro­pri­ate di­rec­tion to Ku­maraswamy.

The plea said it hoped that the com­mis­sion would ex­am­ine the is­sue and di­rect the chief min­is­ter as ex­ec­u­tive head of the state to main­tain deco­rum and also re­store the law and spirit of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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