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Muslims denounce Neha murder accused, observe bandh

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
April 22, 2024 17:48 IST
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Muslim men and women on Monday came out in large numbers and staged a demonstration, denouncing the accused from their own community, Fayaz Khondunaik, in the murder of college student Neha Hiremath and publicly stood by the Hindu victim's family.

IMAGE: Members of the Anjuman-E-Islam hold a protest against the murder of Neha Hiremath in her college premises, in Dharwad on Monday, April 22, 2024. Photograph: ANI Photo

Shops owned by Muslims were shut for half a day in solidarity with the family of Hiremath and to condemn the dastardly act that shook the twin city of Hubballi-Dharwad.

The shopkeepers put out a poster saying, 'Justice for Neha Hiremath'.

Under the banner of Dharwad unit of Anjuman-e-Islam, Muslim students, both boys and girls, too took out a march in the city holding banners and placards which read: 'One murder of a human is equal to the murder of humanity' and 'Girl students should be respected and protected'.


As the Bharatiya Janata Party has also been staging demonstrations in Dharwad as part of its statewide protest against the Neha murder case, elaborate security arrangements were made with the deployment of reserved police forces.

Neha Hiremath, 23, daughter of Congress Councillor of Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Niranjan Hiremath, was stabbed to death on the campus of BVB College by Fayaz Khondunaik on Thursday.

Fayaz, who fled from the scene, was arrested by the police subsequently.

Neha was a first-year Master of Computer Application (MCA) student and Fayaz was earlier her classmate.

The murder case, which sparked widespread outrage, has snowballed into a political slugfest between ruling Congress and opposition BJP.

While the ruling party has tried to project it as an incident with a personal angle, the saffron party has labelled it a 'love jihad' case and claimed it stands testimony to the alleged deterioration of law and order in the state.

BJP's student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and other organisations aligned to Hindutva outfits have staged protests demanding justice, and calling for severe punishment for the accused.

Similar protests have been reported in various other places.


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