Mangaluru, Jun 14: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president Dr Manjunath Bhandary on Friday condemned the incidents at Boliyaru in Bantwal Taluk that took place soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister for the third term.

Addressing a press conference here, Bhandary said, "Such incidents damage the image of Mangaluru as a peaceful city of the coast and instill fear in the minds of the people. Whoever orchestrated this condemnable incident must be punished severely by the law enforcement machinery."

He said Mangaluru is developing as a smart city and due to some misguided elements motivated by divisive tendencies, brings a bad name to the city that is otherwise known for its peace-loving and progressive people.

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He said, "permission should be obtained under the rules to hold victory celebrations. Victory celebrations should be held in party offices and public places. Shouting provocative slogans in front of religious places is incitement to hatred."

Clarifying on the issue of senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa facing a POCSO case, Bhandary said "It was not the Congress party that filed the case against Yediyurappa. The Congress government did not take any action against Yediyurappa for 90 days, for which he should thank the government."

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Pune, Jul 22: A man and his friend were arrested for allegedly throwing the body of a woman in Indrayani river in Pune and flinging her two children into the waterbody as well when they started crying, a police official said on Monday.

The 25-year-old pregnant woman died when she was sent by her paramour and main accused, Gajendra Dagadkhaire, to Thane near Mumbai for an abortion, the Pimpri Chinchwad police station official said.

"On the way back on July 9, Dagadkhaire and his associate Ravikant Gaikwad threw the woman's body into the Indrayani river near Talegaon. When her children, aged two and five, started crying, the duo pushed them into the river as well. The woman was estranged from her husband and was in a relationship with Dagadkhaire, which resulted in her getting pregnant," the official said.

After the woman's mother approached police with a missing person complaint, a probe began, resulting in the arrest of Dagadkhaire and Gaikwad based on technical evidence, he said.

"The bodies of the woman and the two children have not been found as yet. Dagadkhaire and Gaikwad were remanded in police custody till July 30. Further probe into the case is underway," the official informed.