Hubli, Jun 11: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today refused to order a judicial probe into yesterday's firing at Haveri town, about 75 km from here, in which a farmer was killed and another five sustained bullet injuries.
The opposition Congress has demanded a judicial probe into the incident. ''I am confident that the official probe now ordered will bring out the truth,'' Mr Yeddyurappa said.The Chief Minister, who visited Haveri town today drove straight to the residence of the deceased farmer Siddalingappa Choori (34). He promised the family members that the farmer's wife while their daughter would be provided education at the state's cost. ''I have also agreed to put up a statue of the farmer near the town bus stand,'' he said. He again alleged that some politicians with vested interests were trying to create confusion in the minds of people and farmers of the state in a systematic manner. There was a plot behind these violent incidents in which farmers did not take part, he pointed out.
Later, talking to newspersons at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) here, where those injured in the firing were undergoing treatment, he said the government had already ordered a probe by an officer of Divisional Commissioner rank and there was no need for a judicial probe in the matter.
The official had been asked to submit the detailed report on firing within ten days, he said.
Holding the President's rule in the state during the last seven months as responsible for shortage of chemical fertiliser, he said the new government was not silent, as alleged by the opposition, on the issue.
''I had met the Prime Minister and informed about the shortage.
I had also instructed deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to ensure that there was no hoarding of fertilisers and seeds'', he clarifed.
When asked whether the firing incident in Haveri could have been avoided, Mr Yeddyurappa shot back ''I will get back to you on receiving the inquiry report on the incident after ten days.'' On scarcity of fertiliser in the state, he said that he was leaving for Delhi immediately and meet the Prime Minister this evening.
''I will also be convening an all party meeting on the issue in Bangalore within three days,'' he said.