Congress Corporator Niranjan Hiremath Demands CBI Probe into Daughter's Murder After She Was Stabbed by Fayaz
Congress Corporator Niranjan Hiremath Demands CBI Probe into Daughter's Murder After She Was Stabbed by Fayaz

Bangalore: Karnataka Congress corporator Niranjan Hiremath criticized his own party, alleging that despite openly naming eight people he believed were involved in his daughter Neha Hiremath's murder, not a single person he named was arrested. He demanded that the case be handed over to the CBI.

Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old Masters of Computer Applications (MCA) student, was stabbed to death by her former classmate Fayaz Khondunaik on the campus of BVB College in Hubballi on April 18. The attack was caught on CCTV footage. While Fayaz was arrested later, Neha's death sparked a row between the BJP and Congress.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stated earlier today that Neha's murder case would be handed over to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and a trial would be conducted in a time-bound manner.

However, Niranjan Hiremath, the Congress corporator of Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, expressed his frustration over the investigation into his daughter's murder.

"I have openly named eight people. They have not even caught one person. I am losing faith now. They are trying to divert my case. Give it to CBI if you are not able to handle it," he told the media.

"The commissioner in this case is a lady. Even then, she is not taking a girl's murder seriously. She is giving only assurances and saying that we are with you. I believe she is working under some pressure. I demand the commissioner should be transferred for negligence in the case. I demand that the case should be given to CBI," he said.

Calling Neha "innocent" and "talented", Niranjan Hiremath alleged his daughter was murdered due to 'love jihad'.

"Four members of the same community were present with the killer. I had tried talking with my daughter many times on this issue. This should be seriously investigated. The injustice done to my daughter should not happen to other girls," he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP staged statewide protests over Neha's murder. The party alleged that the Congress government's 'appeasement politics' was responsible for the incident.

The Karnataka government refuted the BJP's allegations of 'love jihad' and 'appeasement politics' over Neha's murder.

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