VHP Leader Killed during Tipu Sultan Jayanti Celebrations

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Bengaluru: A VHP leader was killed and over 30 other activists were injured during a protest march in Bengaluru. Several organizations including VHP had called for a bandh to protest the government-sponsored Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations on Tuesday. The protest march took a communal turn, leading to violence. The police had to rush the spot to take control of the situation.

50-year-old Kuttappa, organizing secretary of VHP in Kodagu, who was grievously injured in the incident, succumbed to injuries at a local hospital, police sources said. Nearly, 30 VHP activists were also injured after the rioters resorted to stone-pelting.

According to local reports, the reason for the communal flare up was stone pelting by some miscreants during the procession to protest against the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Madikeri town.

Over 20 shops and an equal number of houses were also attacked and looted after the incident, police sources added. Meanwhile, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has clarified that VHP leader Kuttappa was killed in an accidental fall and not due to stone pelting as reported earlier.

The CM said Kuttappa slipped and fell into a deep gorge and sustained severe head injuries while he was being chased by the police.

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