Continuing its attack against the government over former DIG of Prisons Roopa Moudgil’s transfer, the BJP’s Mahila Morcha protested near Anand Rao Circle in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Alleging that the Congress government officials “had complete knowledge of the irregularities” in the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, the protesters condemned the transfer as an attempt to cover up a major scam.
Addressing the protesters, BJP state President BS Yeddyurappa said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should be ashamed of his actions on the issue.
“Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress government are indulging in revenge politics. An honest police officer, Roopa, has exposed the workings of the corrupt government. Her actions must be lauded. Instead, the government has transferred her and condemned her for exposing the giant scam in the prison,” Yeddyurappa said.
The BJP leader said that he had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and appraised him of the discrepancies in the Bengaluru prison. He also linked DIG Roopa’s transfer to other controversies around Karnataka police officers.
“Police officers are scared to discharge their duties honestly. All honest officers have been suspended, transferred, or have ended up dead. The corrupt Congress government does not tolerate anyone who does not listen to their orders. Look at what happened to DySP Ganapathy and SP Anupama Shenoy. In one case, the officer killed himself and the woman officer has not got her job back,” Yeddyurappa added.
He said that instead of appointing a retired IAS officer to probe DIG Roopa’s case, the government must establish a panel headed by a retired high-court judge.
“A judicial probe will reveal the truth. Otherwise, the government will find a way to influence the investigation in its favour,” Yeddyurappa added.
Mahila Morcha President Bharati Shetty, who also addressed protesters slammed the Congress saying that it did not believe in justice.
“Just like DIG Roopa, the former Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Shikha, who had alleged that certain Congress leaders had harassed her, was transferred. Instead of conducting an enquiry into the woman’s allegations, the corrupt government transferred her. The Congress does not believe in justice. Under its (Congress) rule, there is no safety for women, IAS officers get murders, honest officers get transferred or are fired,” said Bharati Shetty.
Lashing out against the “injustice perpetrated by the Congress government”, BJP leader and former Karnataka Home Minister, R Ashok, said that Bengaluru’s prison has become Tamil Nadu’s guesthouse.
“The Tamil Nadu government has filed multiple cases against Karnataka for the Cauvery issue. The Congress does not care that Karnataka has suffered so much at Tamil Nadu’s behest. Instead of ensuring that the prison rules are not broken, the Congress has turned Parappana Agrahara prison into Tamil Nadu’s guesthouse, where the Tamil leader VK Sasikala is living in the lap of luxury. If this is not the doing of the Home Ministry then who else would have issued the orders?” R Ashok said.
The BJP leaders at the protest also slammed the government for slow progress in the investigation into RSS activist Sharath Madivala’s murder.
Sharath was stabbed by a group of assailants in Bantwal earlier this month, leading to clashes and communal tension in Dakshina Kannada district.
“The lazy Congress government has no ability to catch Sharath Madivala’s killers. Since the Siddaramaiah government came to power, 24 RSS and BJP workers have been killed. If the government wants redeem itself let it prove itself by catching Madivala’s killers,” Yeddyurappa asserted.