JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy has set a deadline of 48 hours to release innocent people arrested during the lathi charge against protesting farmers after the Mahadayi verdict was out.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Kumaraswamy strongly criticised police brutality in North Karnataka, particularly in Naragund and Navalgund and advised the police to behave properly. “Agitation by the farmers is natural. But police using force to supress them is unethical. Some anti-social elements have taken the advantage of the situation and have indulged in violence,” he said.
Kumaraswamy advised the BJP MP’s from Karnataka to pressurise Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to resolve the issue by calling a meeting of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. “Karnataka MPs should threaten Modi of mass resignation in case he refuses to intervene. Unfortunately, both the BJP and Congress have only indulged in blame game,” he added.
He said that former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda had already met Modi twice and urged the PM to get at least 7.5 tmc ft drinking water for North Karnataka, he added.