Following anger and protests over a BJP worker’s killing in Mangaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had warned that he would adopt the CM “Yogi model” against “communal forces.” Now, the State’s Higher Education Minister Ashwath Narayan has threatened to go “five steps ahead of Uttar Pradesh” and carry out “encounters” targeting the accused. “They will be arrested but it’s the wish of our workers and people that such incidents shouldn’t happen. As per their wish, there will be action and culprits will be nabbed. Whether there is going to be an encounter or not, we will go five steps ahead of UP. We will give a better model than UP. Karnataka is a progressive state and a model state, we don’t need to follow anyone,” the minister said.
The comments came soon after Praveen Nettaru, a BJP Yuva Morcha worker, was hacked to death on Tuesday. The two men arrested for the killing were said to have links with the Popular Front of India, an extremist Islamic organization. The “Yogi model” is seen to refer to tough action like jail for the accused or the razing of their houses using bulldozers.