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Karnataka govt sanctions compensation to family of 4 victims of communal murders

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In an apparent correction of precedent by the previous government, Karnataka announced a compensation of ₹25 lakhs each to the families of four victims of communal murders in Dakshina Kannada district, three for Muslim families.

The BJP-led government was widely criticised for denying compensation to families of Muslim victims.

The compensation from the Chief Minister’s relief fund has been provided to the families of Masood, Mohammad Fazil, Abdul Jaleel and Deepak Rao.

Bajrang Dal activist Deepak Rao, 30, was hacked to death, allegedly by a group of 13 persons, at Katipalla-Krishnapura in Surathkal police station limits, according to The Hindu.

19-year-old Masood was allegedly assaulted by eight persons on July 2022 at Kalanja village in Bellare. He succumbed to his injuries on July 21 at a hospital in Mangaluru.

Muhammed Fazil was chased and brutally hacked to death by a group of assailants in Surathkal, two days after the murder of BJP Yuva Morcha activist Praveen Nettaru in July 2022.

In December 2022, Abdul Jaleel was hacked to death inside his shop in Katipalla under Surathkal police station limits. Police arrested Shailesh and others in connection with the murder.

The families of the victims would collect the compensation amount at the Chief Minister’s office at Krishna in Bengaluru on June 19.

BJP government had announced compensation to the family of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha, killed at the height of the hijab crisis and BJP Yuva Morcha activist Praveen Kumar Nettaru was killed to avenge the death of Masood.

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