Mesta's death: State govt. decides on CBI probe

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Paresh's body was found in a temple pond in Honnavar, two days after hehad gone missing. He said the decision was taken after a meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, because the deceased youth's family wanted it.

Nineteen-year-old Paresh Mesta's death sparked tensions in the Uttara Kannada district after the BJP termed it as an incident of communal violence.

"In view of this request (by Paresh's father) and public protests in different locations in Uttara Kannada district and damage to public and private properties, the government has chose to entrust the case to the CBI for investigation", the government stated in its order.

Tension has since gripped Honnavar, Kumta, Sirsi and other towns of the district as right-wing organisations, including many BJP leaders, have staged protests alleging that he was killed by members of a minority community.Police clamped Section 144 following the violent protests which also saw IGP (Western Range) Hemant Nimbalkar's auto being set on fire.

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Addressing a press conference, Karandlaje claimed that the doctor who answered police queries after conducting the autopsy could not be contacted.

The party has been saying that almost 15 activists of the Sangh Parivar and pro-Hindu organisations have been killed in coastal Karnataka and elsewhere in the past a few months.

Meanwhile the Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that the final post mortem report is yet to come that would then ascertain the cause of death, which is unknown till date.BJP leaders have planned to hold a protest rally in Honnavar on December 18 and will request the state government for permission for the same. "Jai Sri Ram" tattooed on his hand was burnt and his private parts were mutilated. If the state police investigate it, they will say we have hushed it up. "This shows that the government is trying to hush up the case", she said.

The PFI had earlier rejected the BJP's charge pinning the blame on it for the killings of Hindu activists.

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BJP lawmaker Shobha Karandlaje tweeted that he had been castrated, his head was cut open and boiling oil was poured on his face before he was thrown into the lake.

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"We are not giving any inflammatory speeches".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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