Karnataka Man Arrested in Connection with Murder of College Student

A 23-year-old student in Karnataka was brutally murdered, sparking outrage and protests. The state government has transferred the case to the CID and set up a special court to ensure a speedy trial, with the accused facing the death penalty.

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Karnataka Man Arrested in Connection with Murder of College Student

Karnataka Man Arrested in Connection with Murder of College Student

A man from Karnataka has been arrested and sent to 6-day custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with the murder of Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old student at BVB College in Hubballi.

Neha, the daughter of a Congress councillor, was stabbed to death on the college campus on April 18, 2024 by Fayaz Khondunaik, a former classmate.

The Karnataka government has transferred the investigation to the CID and established a special court to ensure the case is resolved quickly. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah spoke to Neha's father, Niranjan Hiremath, apologizing for her killing and assuring him that the government will seek the death penalty for the accused.

Why this matters: The murder of Neha Hiremath has sparked widespread outrage and protests across Karnataka, with students demanding justice and stringent punishment for the accused. The incident has also led to a political slugfest between the ruling Congress party and the opposition BJP, which has accused the government of deteriorating law and order in the state.

The CID was granted custody of Fayaz on April 24 and immediately began further investigation by taking him to the crime scene at the KLE Technological University campus in Hubballi. ABVP activists attempted to lay siege to the vehicle carrying the accused but were dispersed by the police. A large number of students staged a protest under the aegis of NSUI, demanding justice for Neha and the death penalty for Fayaz.

Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala visited Neha's house to express condolences and assured that the accused will be punished at the earliest. The state government aims to conclude the trial within 90-120 days in the special court.

The CID team, led by SP Venkatesh, has intensified the probe by visiting Neha's house and collecting statements from her parents. They also conducted a spot mahazar at the murder scene. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah strongly condemned the murder and said, "The CID investigation has been expedited to punish the accused."

Key Takeaways

  • A man from Karnataka arrested for murdering 23-year-old student Neha Hiremath.
  • Karnataka govt transferred case to CID, set up special court to expedite trial.
  • CM apologized to victim's family, assured death penalty for accused Fayaz Khondunaik.
  • Incident sparked outrage, protests; BJP accused govt of deteriorating law and order.
  • CID intensified probe, aims to conclude trial within 90-120 days in special court.