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Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy Refuses To Apologise Over His 'Shoot Mercilessly' Order

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| December 26 , 2018 , 18:55 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's order to kill the murderers of a Janata Dal (Secular) worker landed him in trouble on Tuesday.

Activist T Narasimha Murthy filed a complaint against HD Kumaraswamy with the State Human Rights Commission in Karnataka on behalf of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Speaking to media, Kumaraswamy said, “Yesterday, I was informed about the incident in Vijayapura, when I got off at the helipad. I was shaken by this, and in that state, I said some things to the police because nowadays in our country, murderers are given bail and other liberties under the legal system. Murderers do not have any fear and it is apparent not just in this case but if one looks at many similar cases.”

“I asked the authorities to take action because one of the assailants had come out on bail and though the local authorities were informed that this might lead to further incidents, there is information that lapsed by the police because of negligence,” the chief minister added.

He further said that his statement was an emotional reaction. He also refused to apologise.

"This is not a big issue. It’s a human tendency. In that kind of situation, any human being will react like that. I am an emotional person. I will get involved if there any citizen of the state is in trouble. That's why instead of using the word ‘encounter’, I told them (police) that you please smoke them. That's my final word. This issue is over according to me," Kumaraswamy said.

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The complaint filed by Karnataka said the statement amounts to disrespect of the judiciary and was a “scary development”.

“Such activity is illegal, will dilute the spirit of the constitution. CM directing the police to a shootout will mislead and misguide the police. It amounts to misuse of law,” Murthy’s complaint said.