Bengaluru, Oct 21: The probe into the murder of Bajrang Dal activist, Prashanth Poojary who campaigned for the closure of a slaughter house is underway, but certain events point to a larger mystery.
While the police say that they are probing the matter with utmost sincerity, there are allegations that the witnesses are getting threat calls. The police have so far arrested 8 persons in the case.
In the backdrop of the probe one key witness, Vaman Poojary committed suicide at his home. The police have said that the suicide was a result of personal reasons, but others allege that it had to do with this case.
There are allegations that the witnesses have been getting threat calls from Pakistan numbers.
On October 9th, Prashanth Poojary was hacked to death in what has been termed as a case of revenge killing. It was alleged that Poojary had led a campaign to close a slaughter house in Moodabidri in Dakshin Kannada.
Investigations show that six persons had come on their motor cycles wielding knives and hacked Poojary to death.
Witnesses are under threat:
The BJP has alleged that the witnesses are under constant threat. Witnesses have been getting threat calls from international numbers, the BJP has alleged.
The BJP says that there is merit in their argument as one of the witnesses Vaman Poojary had committed suicide at such a crucial juncture of the investigation into the case.
Nalin Kumar Kateel, the MP from Dakshin Kannada has accused the Congress government in Karnataka of not taking this matter seriously. The police have however dismissed these allegations as baseless and say that they have arrested 8 persons so far and the investigation into the case is on the right track.
The Commissioner of Police, Mangaluru, S Murugan says that the those involved in the killing will be identified soon. We have arrested four more persons- Mohammed Sharif, Mustafa Kavoor, Mohammed Mustafa and Kabeer.
Prior to this we had arrested Mohammud Haneef, Mohammud Ilyas, Ibrahim Liyaqat and Abdul Rasheed.
The Commissioner informed that the motive of the murder was revenge as many were upset with Poohary's campaign against cow slaughter.
He also added that they were looking into the possibility of this being the handiwork of any particular organization.