Report9 : BJP leader SN Channabasappa was arrested on Tuesday for his ‘provocative’ and ‘intimidatory’ remarks.
He threatened to behead Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah if he dared to eat beef, while at a rally in Shivamogga.
S N Channabasappa, a former president of the erstwhile Shivamogga City Municipal Council, had held out the threat last evening during a protest organised by the local party unit against Siddaramaiah’s reported comment on eating beef made last week.
“Siddaramaiah has become a despot. He is making provocative statements, particularly on beef consumption. I challenge him to come here (Shivammogga in central Karnataka) and eat beef. I swear, we will not hesitate to behead him in public,” said S N Channabasappa, former president, Shivamogga City Municipal Council.
“Are you playing with the emotions of Hindus? Don’t do it…,” warned Channabasappa.
Channabasappa was arrested under IPC sections 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), Superintendent of Police Ravi Channannavar said.
Reacting to Channabasappa’s comments, Siddaramaiah had said, “It is a provocative statement. I will ask the police to inquire into it. If it is true, they will definitely take action.”
The CM also questioned, “If I say I will eat, how will it harm majority community? Don’t we eat other kinds of meat?”
Furthermore, he said, “…food habit is an individual’s choice and should be left to them; no one should interfere with it. Interfering and attacking one’s rights is not correct. It is against the Constitution. It is against individual liberty, it should not be done…”
Siddaramaiah’s remarks had come under attack from BJP, with its state unit president Prahlad Joshi saying that cow is revered and worshipped by a majority of the people of the state and the Chief Minister had made the comments just to gain votes of a particular community.