QBengaluru: Deve Gowda Says No More Alliance; Killer Couple Caught
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1. No Alliance With Congress, BJP for Karnataka Bypolls: Deve Gowda
Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Deve Gowda has dismissed any possibility of having an electoral tie-up with either the Congress or the BJP for 5 December bypolls in Karnataka, describing both the national parties as "not trustworthy" and having the "same character".
In an interview to PTI on Tuesday, the former prime minister said JD(S) would contest the bypolls to fill 15 vacancies in Karnataka Assembly alone and "certainly maintain equidistance" from the Congress and the BJP.
The veteran politician also said he was in fact reluctant to have a tie-up with Congress after the May 2018 Karnataka election.
(Source: India Today)
2. Activists Condemn Arrest of Writer Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy
Activist and writer Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy, General Secretary of Swaraj India and Secretary of the Gauri Media Trust set up in memory of journalist Gauri Lankesh, was arrested by police officials in Raichur district.
The arrest was made on October 24 when Narasimha Murthy was in Raichur as one of the speakers at a public discussion on ‘Alternate Media’. Police officials said that Narasimha Murthy was detained over serious charges including under the Arms Act and the Explosives Act which date back to 1994.
"For over 20 years, there have been multiple court warrants for his arrest. He has been found now and upon identification, we have executed the court warrant. We will be interrogating him over the cases", Raichur Superintendent of Police (SP) CB Vedamurthy said.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Opposition to 7-Storey Building in Cubbon Park
Several environmental activists and heritage experts have opposed the construction of a seven-storey building, which is proposed to be the new annexe building of the Karnataka High Court, within Cubbon Park.
The old office of the Election Commissioner will be demolished to make way for the new structure. The Karnataka High Court recently gave the go-ahead for the project.
Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, one of the founders of Heritage Beku, underscored the need to preserve the ‘beloved lung spaces of Bengaluru’ for future generations. An online petition opposing the project received 941 signatories on Tuesday.
4. B’luru Killer Couple Arrested, Probe Shows Innocents Held Earlier
In a major breakthrough, Bengaluru police arrested a city-based couple who were targeting elderly couples with no children, only to murder them on a ‘friendly visit’ to their homes.
Married for three years, with a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, the suspects Venkatesh, who worked as a cabbie for an app-based aggregator, and wife Arpita, had loans amounting to Rs 10 lakh.
Regular viewers of shows on crime on local TV channels, the couple decided to raise money to repay the debts by murdering people, said police. While this arrest was a breakthrough, it revealed a blunder committed by another police team three months ago.
(Source: The Quint)
5. Maoists Killed in Kerala are not From Karnataka: Police
Wrong information from the police resulted in media reporting that two of the suspected Maoists from Chikkamgaluru district were among three persons who were killed in an encounter in Palakkad on Monday.
This had left friends and family members of Suresh, a suspected Maoist, at Angadi village in Mudigere taluk of Chikkamagaluru in shock and sorrow. Earlier in the day, based on the information shared by Chikkamagaluru Police, media had reported that Suresh, who has been facing 21 cases, was killed in an encounter at Palakkad in Kerala.
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