Karnataka BJP reiterates demand for reinvestigation into Soujanya rape and homicide case

Pragathipara Sangatanegala Horata Samithi members protesting to seek reinvestigation into the case relating to the rape and murder of Soujanya, at Freedom Park, in Bengaluru on 28, 2023.

Pragathipara Sangatanegala Horata Samithi members protesting to hunt reinvestigation into the case referring to the rape and homicide of Soujanya, at Freedom Park, in Bengaluru on 28, 2023.
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Dakshina Kannada Member of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel and BJP MLAs and MLCs of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Sunday, August 27, reiterated their demand for reinvestigation into the 2012 rape and homicide of 17-year-old Soujanya, whose case ended up in acquittal of the lone accused Santosh Rao in June this 12 months.

Addressing a protest assembly organised by the BJP in Belthangady, Mr. Kateel mentioned a delegation of BJP MLAs will meet Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah quickly and demand reinvestigation of the case. Because the Central Bureau of Investigation has failed to seek out out the true accused, the State Authorities ought to discover authorized choices for reinvestigation of the case. “The BJP will likely be with the household of Soujanya. Our combat will likely be on until the true accused is convicted and sentenced to demise,” he mentioned.

Attraction to former Belthangady MLA

Referring to the latest assertion of former Belthangady MLA Ok. Vasantha Bangera that he knew the precise accused however not revealing it due to concern to his life, Mr. Kateel and former Minister and Karkala MLA V. Sunil Kumar requested the senior politician (Mr. Bangera), in whose time period because the MLA the homicide was reported, to overtly reveal the names of the true accused. “Please spell out the names. We are going to present safety cowl to you,” Mr. Kateel mentioned.

The site where the last rites of deceased victim was performed in Pangala of Dharmasthala.

The positioning the place the final rites of deceased sufferer was carried out in Pangala of Dharmasthala.
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Mr. Kumar mentioned the 75-year-old Mr. Bangera mustn’t commit the crime of hiding the names of the particular accused. “If in case you have hid the names to date then there appears to be a robust drive (in help of the accused). There appears to be a hidden agenda too,” he mentioned.

Whereas stating that the BJP supported all organisations combating for justice of Soujanya’s household, Mr. Kumar cautioned folks in opposition to teams which are utilizing Soujanya to malign the picture of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala.

Reinvestigation essential

Belthangady MLA Harish Poonja mentioned it was the BJP authorities, headed by D.V. Sadananda Gowda, which ordered Legal Investigation Division’s probe into the case, 12 days after the homicide. The then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ordered the CBI investigation, which has led to the acquittal of the lone accused Santosh Rao. He then gave a illustration to the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah demanding reinvestigation.

Mr. Poonja mentioned that those that have dedicated the homicide and are behind the grotesque act will undergo for a very long time.

Moodbidri MLA Umanath Kotian mentioned reinvestigation is important to place an finish the rumours associated to the homicide. MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary mentioned public curiosity litigation must be filed earlier than the Excessive Courtroom in search of reinvestigation.

Soujanya’s mom Kusumavati sought assist of BJP leaders for a gathering with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mangaluru Metropolis South MLA D.Vedavyas Kamant and BJP District President Sudarshan Moodbidri additionally spoke.

A lot of BJP activists took half within the protest meet in entrance of Belthangady taluk workplace.

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