Has BJP forgotten Paresh Mesta's 'mysterious' death as Assembly elections are over?

Source: S.O. News Service | By I.G. Bhatkali | Published on 1st September 2018, 9:23 PM | Coastal News | State News | Special Report |

Bhatkal: It has been more than nine months since the  mysterious death of a youth Paresh Mesta, but the CBI has failed to trace the culprits till now. The death had sparked violent protests during the Karnataka Assembly elections all over the Coastal Karnataka region.

Following pressure from BJP, the investigation of the mysterious death of Paresh Mesta was handed over to CBI by the state government headed by Siddaramaiah. After milking Paresh Mesta's death for political mileage,  BJP won the assembly elections in Coastal as well as in Malenadu region. Now it seems the BJP has since forgotten the death and the violence following the incident.

As part of the investigation, the CBI team had visited Uttar Kannada only thrice. Paresh's father was called to Kumta police station twice and his statement was recorded. The postmortem report and video were also collected from them by the CBI team. 

Five persons were detained in February this year and later released after interrogation. Since then no further development has been reported in this case. Hence, the people in Uttar Kannada district are wondering if Paresh Mesta's death will also remain unsolved and remain mysterious as that of Dr. Chittaranjan's murder?

What is the exact case? 
Paresh Mesta, who was aligned with right-wing organizations went missing on 6th December. On 5th December 2018, communal riots had taken place in some regions of Kumta and Honnavar. Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had arrived in Kumta on the same day when Paresh had gone missing. The police force was engaged in security aarangements for CM's program.  Later on December 8, Paresh's body was found floating in one of the rivers in Honnavar. Paresh's father Kamalakar Mesta had alleged that his son was tortured and killed. BJP had also accused the government of supporting the killers. During the canvassing for assembly elections, BJP chief Amit Shah had visited Mesta's house to offer condolence and assured that the culprits would be arrested at the earliest.

Ex. Home minister Ramalinga Reddy taunts: 
After the incident, former Karnataka home Minister Ramalinga Reddy taunted BJP saying that BJP has always played politics with dead bodies. Paresh Mesta's incident is also another such case. "The incident was used by  BJP as a weapon to win the elections. Following the diligent investigation in Gauri Lankesh's murder, the accused involved in Dhabolkar and Phansare murder cases are also nabbed", said Ramalinga Reddy.

Unavailable for the reaction: 
BJP MPs Anantkumar Hegde and Shobha Karandlaje, who had been vehemently  demanding immediate investigation in Mesta's case, were unavailable for their reaction regarding the delay in the investigations even though it is handed over to the CBI.

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