Karnataka Police has registered an FIR against senior Karnataka BJP leader and Member of Parliament Shobha Karandlaje under IPC Sections 153/153(a) and 505(2) at Honnavar Police Station for allegedly spreading enmity between two communities.
Speaking to News Nation, Hemant Nimbalakar, IG Western Range Karnataka said, "After Paresh Mesta's mysterious death, the situation was sensitive in Honnavar and other parts of Uttar Kannada district. During the same time, we heard few people are spreading rumours that a girl was molested by jihadis. We started an investigation and found that honourable MP had tweeted this information".
Shobha Karandlaje had posted a number of tweets regarding Paresh Mestaâ€™s death and on December 14 she alleged that jihadis tried to rape and murder a Hindu girl and questioned Chief Minister Siddharamaiah on his silence.
Jihadis tried to rape and murder a girl studying in 9th std near honnavar.Why is the govt silent about this incident?Arrest those who molested and injured this girl. Where are you CM @siddaramaiah?â€” Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) December 14, 2017
On December 14 a class 9 school girl had complained that two persons tried to kidnap her. She had injury marks on her wrist which she alleged she received while resisting the kidnappers who were carrying knives with them. However, after 3 days, police clarified that the wounds on the girlâ€™s wrist were self-inflicted and that she had attempted to commit suicide since she was reportedly being harassed by a man belonging to her own community.