‘BJP Politicising ANF Shooting Issue’
Home Minister K J George has strongly defended the State government’s gesture to announce a cash compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of 23-year-old Kabeer who was allegedly shot at by an Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) constable at Tanikodu near Shringeri recently.
George told reporters that the compensation was announced as it was a case of mistaken identity.
He alleged that the Opposition BJP is trying to politicise the issue. “BJP, in its ill-design to malign the government, is politicising it from day-one,” he charged.
The government has ordered both magisterial as well as CID inquiry to unravel the truth, he said.
He said the government’s decision to order inquiry into the incident would amount to demoralising the force engaged in anti-Naxal activities. He also denied the reports that the ANF had abandoned its combing operations in the Naxal-infested areas.
Refusing to go into the details on the incident that ANF personnel had opened fire against the people in the vehicle when the latter tried to flee from the scene and the culprits are illegal cattle lifters, the home minister quipped: “We have ordered a probe and let us wait for its conclusion.”
“The suspension of the constable who had allegedly opened fire on Kabir and registering case under section 302(A) of the IPC is not the decision of the government, but that of the concerned authorities” he said.
Denying the charges of the BJP leaders that the law and order situation in the state is poor, George said, “If that is the case, then how can the Lok Sabha election, which was held on a single day, went on smoothly?”