BJP Demands CBI Probe into Murder of Karnataka College Student Neha Hiremath

BJP demands CBI probe into murder of Karnataka Congress leader's daughter; case sparks political slugfest and concerns over women's safety on campuses.

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BJP Demands CBI Probe into Murder of Karnataka College Student Neha Hiremath

BJP Demands CBI Probe into Murder of Karnataka College Student Neha Hiremath

BJP national president J.P. Nadda has demanded a CBI investigation into the April 18, 2024 murder of 23-year-old college student Neha Hiremath in Dharwad, Karnataka.

Neha, the daughter of a Congress corporator, was stabbed to death by her former classmate Mohammad Fayaz on her college campus. The incident was captured on camera.

Nadda visited Neha's family to offer condolences and assured them that the BJP will fight for justice. He expressed concern that the Karnataka police investigation may be influenced by statements made by the state's Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G. Parameshwara. "The statements made by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G Parameshwara on the incident are objectionable and dilute the investigation," Nadda said.

Neha's father, Niranjan Hiremath, has also demanded the case be handed over to the CBI as he does not have faith in the state police. Hiremath expressed frustration with his own party's leaders for ruling out the 'Love Jihad' factor in his daughter's case and asked them to be cautious in their remarks.

Why this matters: The murder of Neha Hiremath has sparked widespread protests and a political slugfest between the ruling Congress and opposition BJP in Karnataka. The case highlights concerns over women's safety on college campuses and the potential for investigations to be influenced by political statements in high-profile crimes.

According to the police investigation, Fayaz killed Neha after she rejected his persistent advances. The accused was apprehended by police and further investigation is ongoing. Muslim organizations in Dharwad have called for a bandh on Monday to condemn the murder, while the accused's father has apologized and demanded strict punishment for his son. The BJP has decided to hold statewide protests against recent attacks on women and alleged law and order failures under the Congress government in Karnataka.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP chief demands CBI probe into murder of Karnataka Congress leader's daughter
  • Victim Neha Hiremath, 23, was stabbed to death by former classmate on campus
  • BJP alleges political interference in police investigation by state Congress leaders
  • Victim's father also demands CBI probe, criticizes his own party's stance
  • Case sparks protests, political slugfest, and concerns over women's campus safety