Group writes to CM Bommai over ‘targeting’ of minorities

A group of eminent personalities, including former Karnataka top cop, a foreign service official and the former advocate general, among others, have written a letter to chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, expressing their concerns over the “targeting and systematic vilification of minorities and marginalised communities in the state”.

The group added that various kinds of attacks aimed at Muslim, Christian and Dalit communities “have shocked and upset those who pride themselves on Karnataka’s receptive and inclusive nature”.

“It is bad enough that individuals and groups motivated by bigotry and hatred are attempting to reconfigure the idea and established reality of Karnataka by aggressively seeking to exclude, isolate, dispossess and assault communities based on religion and caste. It is even more alarming and distressing that some people in responsible positions, including several who hold office having taken an oath to uphold and abide by the letter and spirit of the Constitution of India, now openly violate that solemn pledge and demonise members of certain minorities,” they said in a letter to the chief minister.