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Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Hindu Jagarana Vedike hold a protest demanding the banning of SDPI and PFI following the murder of a Bajarang Dal activist, in Bengaluru on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. (Photo PTI)

Murder of Bajrang Dal activist: CM says to call for NIA inquiry after police probe

Amid continued demand by several BJP leaders for an NIA investigation into the murder of a 26-year-old Bajrang Dal activist in Seegehatti town of Shivamogga district, CM Basavaraj Bommai said a decision would be taken once the police investigation was completed.

Police said the two people arrested on Wednesday – Feroz Pasha (24) and Abdul Khadar (25) – are residents of Shivamogga.

On Sunday night, Harsha aka Harsha Hindu, involved in at least five cases of assault and attempted murder, was attacked by a group of armed assailants.

On Tuesday, police had arrested six people – Mohammed Kashif, Syed Nadeem, Afsifullah Khan, Rihan, Nihan, Abdul Afnan – in connection with the murder case.

Create separate enclosures for girls to remove hijab: Karnataka Department of Education advises schools and colleges

Karnataka’s Department of Primary and Secondary Education on Tuesday asked schools and colleges to set up separate enclosures for female students to remove their hijabs inside campus, citing the Karnataka High Court’s interim order that prohibits students from wearing religious clothing in classrooms where college development committees have prescribed a uniform or dress code.

The ministry said the order is limited to institutes where uniforms exist. “We call on the state government and other stakeholders to reopen educational institutions and allow students to return to class at the earliest. Pending consideration of all such petitions, we prohibit all students, regardless of religion or faith, from wearing shawls, scarves, hijabs, religious flags, or the like in the classroom until new order. We clarify that the order is limited to those institutions where College Development Committees have prescribed student dress code/uniforms,” reads the order signed by Padmini SN, Undersecretary, Department of primary and secondary education.

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