Mangaluru: District Youth Congress President, Mithun Rai held a press meet regarding the murder case of Vinayak Baliga at the district Congress Office here, on April 9.
Addressing the media persons, Mithun said, “The police department is doing a thorough investigation to solve the murder case. As per the FIR, we know that this was a case of contract killing and the police are successful in nabbing two accused while the third is still on the run. The orders to perform the hit were given by Srikant who had got the orders from Naresh Shenoy, the founder of Yuva Brigade which is an arm of the BJP. Both Srikant and Naresh are absconding.”
Mithun further said, “The BJP legislatures and district President are quiet about the murder. This makes us feel that BJP leaders are involved in this murder. In the past 4-5 months, two Hindus have been murdered, Harish Poojary and Vinayaka Baliga. As per the investigations revealed, Hindus were murdered by Hindus and the murders were also carried out by Hindus. If the murders were committed by a person belonging to the minority class, then the BJP would have given a communal colour to the murders and there would be unrest in the district.”
He said, “The murders were committed by active members of Bajrang Dal and their President Babu Shetty is also involved in several cases. Baliga had filed around 99 cases by filing RTI’s and these cases included cases on various Hindu organizations. Naresh Shenoy is involved in the murder and if he was not, then there was absolutely no reason for him to be absconding.”
Mithun said that District Minister In-charge, Ramanath Rai had already asked the police to conduct a fair investigation in the murder case. “If persons involved in criminal activities are killed then the Sangh Parivar does not hesitate to give compensation to them, but in this case, they are missing from the scene. MLC Ivan D’Souza has already spoken to the Chief Minister and has assured a compensation of Rs 5 lakh as relief to Baliga’s family.”
“There is no way Naresh Shenoy can escape from the law as the police have already issued a lookout notice against him, all airports are notified and there is a non-bailable warrant issued against him. There are a few posts on Facebook by BJP members declaring Naresh Shenoy being innocent. When the courts have issued a non-bailable warrant against him, the support extended to Naresh Shenoy by the members of the Sangh Parivar equals to contempt of court and it also shows how they support the criminals,” Mithun added.
Mithun said that Congress wants the public to be aware of the facts and the truth should come out.