QBengaluru: Mob Attacks Sikh Man Over WhatsApp Hoax & More
Latest news updates from Karnataka
1. Karnataka Mob Beats Sikh Man After ‘Child Abduction’ WhatsApp Texts
A Sikh man was attacked by mob of 30-40 people, who accused him of being a child abductor, in North Karnataka’s Kalburgi on 19 May. The mob thrashed him and removed his turban. According to police, the trigger for the attack was the kirpan, a Sikh religious symbol, that Singh was carrying.
Singh is the fourth known victim of mob attacks fuelled by WhatsApp forwards claiming child abductors are on the prowl in the state. On 23 May, a mob in Bengaluru lynched a man from Rajasthan on suspicion that he was child abductor, once again because of a similar WhatsApp forward.
2. Crocodile Kills Bengaluru Man in Muthathi
A 52-year-old man was killed by a crocodile while he was swimming in Cauvery river at Muthathi in Mandya’s Malavalli taluk on Sunday. Environmentalists and authorities said it was the first such incident at Muthathi, around 110km from Bengaluru.
Police identified the victim as Venkatesh, 52, a resident of Hesaraghatta, northwest Bengaluru. He had come to offer prayers at Muthathi temple with family and friends. “The incident happened around 8.30 am. Ventakesh was dragged away by the crocodile and sustained severe injuries,” police said.
3. Karnataka Congress MLA Siddu Nyama Gowda Dies in a Car Accident
In a tragic incident, Siddu Bhimappa Nyamagouda, the Congress MLA from Jamkhandi in Bagalkot district, passed away after his vehicle met with an accident at 4.30 am on 28 May.
The MLA was at Tulasigere en route from Goa to Jamkhandi when the incident occurred. The 69-year-old veteran Congress leader contested and won from Jamkhandi after holding off competition from JD(S) candidate Sadashiv Kalal and BJP's Shrikant Kulkarni.
According to Bagalakot SP, Siddu Nymamgouda died on the spot due to grievous injuries. Police in Kaladagi police station rushed to the spot on hearing the news of the accident. They rushed the MLA to a nearby hospital, however, he was declared dead on arrival.
4. RR Nagar in Bengaluru Sees 53% Voter Turnout
Polling in the single seat of Rajarajeshwari Nagar as part of the 2018 Karnataka Assembly polls in Bengaluru was held peacefully on Monday, more than two weeks after the rest of the state went to polls. The counting of votes for the seat will be done on 31 May.
Brisk polling was recorded in many polling booths of the constituency with 21 percent voter turnout by 11 am. At 6pm, the Election Commission pegged the voting percentage to be 53 percent which is almost consistent with the average voter turnout across Bengaluru.
With this, polling is left to be held only in the Jayanagar seat in Bengaluru.
5. Kumaraswamy Meets Modi
Five days after being sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Chief Minister of Karnataka Kumaraswamy called on Prime Minister," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in tweet attaching pictures of the two leaders meeting.
This was Kumaraswamy's first meeting with Modi since taking over power in the state after his Janata Dal-Secular formed the government in alliance with the Congress.
Kumaraswamy is in Delhi to meet Modi and other Union Ministers to seek financial assistance for farm loan waiver – a "priority" for his government.
6. BJP Bandh Wvokes Lukewarm Response, Yeddyurappa Calls it a Success
The bandh called on Monday by the BJP, demanding farmers’ loans be waived by the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, evoked a lukewarm response which forced party activists, led by their MLAs, to take to the streets in many places to enforce shutdowns.
State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa had called for a Karnataka bandh — Bengaluru was excluded due to elections in Rajarajeshwarinagar constituency — after chief minister H D Kumaraswamy failed to waive farm loans within 24 hours of assuming power — a promise he had made in his party’s manifesto.
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