47-year-old restaurant owner Basheer, who was attacked by a group of people on January 3 in Mangaluru, succumbed to injuries on Sunday morning at a local hospital. Basheer was attacked with lethal weapons outside his restaurant in Mangaluru.
Security has been beefed up in the city.
On Saturday evening Mangaluru police have claimed that they have arrested four person's Shrijith, Sandesh, Dhanush and Kishan in connection with the attack and confirmed it was carried was to avenge the murder of Bajrang Dal volunteer Deepak who was also murdered on January 3. However, police have not clarified yet if the accused belonged to any particular party.
TS Suresh, Police Commissioner Mangaluru said, "Accused had come to Kankanady to participate in the religious festival. When they came to know about Deepak's murder they planned revenge and collected weapons from one of the accused’s house and Basheer was a random target.”
Deepak was hacked to death in broad daylight by four persons namely Mulki Naushad, Rizwan, Pinky Nawaz and Nirshaan. They were arrested within five hours of the incident.
Immediately after the death of Deepak, Bajrang Dal and BJP workers started protests in Mangaluru and adjoining areas. BJP MP Shobha Karandalaje posted a tweet blaming ‘Jihadis’
"One more Hindu hacked to death near Mangaluru. No value for a Hindu's life. Jihadi forces operating without any fear. Where are you Mr CM @siddaramaiah?" she tweeted.
One more Hindu hacked to death near Mangaluru.No value for a Hindu's life.Jihadi forces operating without any fear.Where are you Mr CM @siddaramaiah?— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) January 3, 2018
After the death of Basheer, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, while speaking to media appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony and also said nobody should politicise the issue. The government has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of Basheer.
BJP MP Pratap Simha has also appealed to people to maintain calm. Simha posted a tweet immediately after hearing about the death of Basheer, "They say “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”. Killing Basheer is not the answer for Deepak Rao’s murder. It’s time to hold peace meeting between Hindus n Muslims as Cong Govt is not bothered to bring peace n tranquility in the state.”
They say “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”. Killing Basheer is not the answer for Deepak Rao’s murder. It’s time to hold peace meeting between Hindus n Muslims as Cong Govt is not bothered to bring peace n tranquility in the state. pic.twitter.com/tlaatU0aCI— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) January 7, 2018