Naragund Communal Violence: Police Inspector Suspended

GADAG: Police inspector Nandeshwar Kumbar has been suspended on the charges of dereliction of duty and negligence in connection with the recent communal violence and murder of a Muslim youth in Naragund Town in Gadag district. Inspector General of Police N. Sateesh Kumar has served the order of suspension on him.

It was alleged that the police could have taken immediate preventive steps to stop a hate speech delivered right under the nose of the cops, which later led to the murder and communal violence in Naragund town.

Following the hate speech, a youth by name Shameer Shahpur was brutally killed and another youth Shamsheer Khan sustained serious injuries in the attack that took place on January 17. The police later arrested four persons in this regard.

Recently, Bahutva Karnataka, a fact finding committee, visited Naragund town and collected the information. Committee’s member Shabbir Ahmed said, “The police could have prevented the murder of Shamsheer if they had arrested Bajarangdal leader Sanju Nalavade who delivered a hate speech. Neither the Naragund police registered a case against Sanju, nor issued a warning to him,” Shabbir alleged.

The IGP northern range N. Sateesh Kumar has now suspended CPI Nandeshwar Kumbar on the charges of dereliction of duty and negligence in controlling the situation.

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