As the comments were circulated and criticised, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy called them an
BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has landed in a controversy after being caught on
tape telling someone – most likely a senior police officer – to “mercilessly kill” to avenge the
killing of a local leader of his party, the Janata Dal Secular or JDS.
“He (H Prakash) was a good man. I don’t know who killed him in this way. Kill the miscreant mercilessly
in a shootout. There would be no problem,” he is heard saying in video clips recorded by local
As the comments were circulated and criticised, the Chief Minister called them an “emotional” reaction.
“It was not my order, I was emotional at that moment. They (the killers) are the reason for two murders
and they were in jail. They came out on bail two days ago and killed another person…this is how they
are misusing bail,” Mr Kumaraswamy said on Monday.
Leaders close to the Chief Minister said he was shocked to hear about the killing and it was just an
The JDS leader, H Prakash, was hacked to death on Monday around 4.30 pm in Mandya in south Karnataka,
reportedly by four men on motorcycles who chased his car down, forced it to stop and attacked him with
They left him slumped inside the SUV, drenched in blood. He was taken to the Mandya Institute of
Medical Sciences, where he died.
The Chief Minister’s office later sent a statement: “Prakash was a loyal party worker. The district
police have been directed to take steps to arrest the accused.”
Mr Kumaraswamy became chief minister of Karnataka in May after forming an alliance with the Congress
following elections that threw up a hung verdict.