Karnataka Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy has landed in controversy after he was caught on camera, telling someone over the phone to mercilessly kill the attackers of his party loyalist, Prakash. “He (Prakash) was a very good man. I don’t know who did this and why. But kill them (assailants) mercilessly in a shootout, there is no problem,” Kumaraswamy is heard saying in the video clip.
#WATCH Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy caught on cam telling someone on the phone 'He(murdered JDS leader Prakash) was a good man, I don't know why did they murder him. Kill them (assailants) mercilessly in a shootout, no problem. (24.12.18) pic.twitter.com/j42dqiRs0a
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Later as the video clip went viral and controversy seemed to be escalating, Chief Minister’s office issued a statement stating that Kumaraswamy’remarks were an emotional reaction and not orders. “The words used while receiving information about this incident were an emotional reaction to the incident and not an order by the chief minister,” the statement said.
Prakash was attacked by unidentified men with machetes on Monday in south Karnataka’s Mandya district while he was travelling in his car in Maddur.
“Prakash, who was murdered, was a party loyalist. I have instructed the police to take all necessary measures to ensure that such incidents are not recurring,” Kumaraswamy said in a statement issued by his office.