Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Wednesday
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Wednesday

Not a big issue, it's human tendency: Kumaraswamy on 'kill mercilessly' remark

ANI | Updated: Dec 26, 2018 15:40 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Dec 26 (ANI): After a video went viral on social media in which Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is heard apparently instructing the police to "mercilessly" kill the assailants of Janata Dal (Secular) leader Prakash, the 59-year-old leader on Wednesday asserted that it is a human tendency to react like that in distress situations.
Reiterating that he is an emotional person, Kumaraswamy told reporters here: "That is not a big issue. That is human tendency. In that kind of situation, any human being will react like that. I have clarified it already."
On December 24, Kumaraswamy landed himself in a controversy after he was caught on camera telling someone on the phone, saying, "He (Prakash) was a good man. I do not know why they killed him. Shoot them (killers) mercilessly, no problem."
As his remarks drew flak from the BJP, RTI activists have filed a complaint over Kumaraswamy's remark in the Human Rights Commision.
Later clarifying that he was emotional at that point of time, Kumaraswamy said: "It (kill assailants mercilessly) was not my order. I was emotional at that moment. They (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," said the Karnataka Chief Minister.
Prakash, a leader of the ruling party, was murdered by unidentified assailants while he was travelling in his car in Maddur on Monday.
Meanwhile, Narasimhamurthy, an RTI activist told ANI: "The Chief Minister told police officials to shoot the culprits. In our country, there is law and Constitution. The procedure of law should be followed. The Chief Minister cannot give such statements. (ANI)