Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy, journalist and the State Secretary of Swaraj India Party was arrested on 24th October Police in Raichur district.
He was produced before the court yesterday and sent into judicial Custody. The next hearing is postponed to Nov. 6th due to festival holidays
Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy told the reporters that he had come to Raichur to attend the Seminar on Alternative Media organised by “Gauri Lankesh Balaga’ (Gauri Lankesh Fraternity). He was arrested at the site of the event.
Police have alleged that Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy goes by multiple names like Vinod, Basvaraj, etc. and is wanted in several cases in Raichur. In 1994, three cases were registered at Yapala Dinni Police Station, Raichur Rural, and 1 case was registered at Netaji Nagar Station, Raichur.
There was a rumour that 20 years back the Naxal by name of Vinod was residing in Raichur, and said to be that Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy was with him. Police said that this made them to arrest Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy.
According to Police, DMN Murthy was absconding for the last 25 years, and is wanted in cases registered under 21 sections including section- 143, 147, 148, 307, 355, 385, 120 (b) and 120 n(a).
Fake cases registered
Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy has denied all the allegations made by the police and categorically said that all the cases filed against him are fake, in front of SP Veda Murthy and DySP Sheelavantar, yesterday.
Leaders of many Organisations reacted to the arrest saying that cases filed against Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy are politically motivated.
Kumar Samatala, Executive Committee member, Karnataka Jana Shakti, reacted that,-
” Since 1990, Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy is part of several people´s movement and is in public and has fought against the BMIC for years together. DN Murthy has a house in Bengaluru and lives there with his family. He also runs a Silk mill business with his elder brother. There is proof of all this. But he is arrested in the cases that happened in Raichur. This is totally false and politically motivated.”
“He had been working as an Entrepreneur, Journalist and at present Secretary of Swaraj India Karnataka. But, Police has filed cases against him, probably they might be facing pressure from either Government or out of political vengeance. Police should withdraw its cases immediately, he urged.
Police face intense opposition in Social Media
People are expressed their anger towards Police by criticising the act of suppressing leaders who have been fighting for the public cause.
Journalist Dinesh Kumar Dinu said- Police statement that DN Murthy was arrested because he was active in Naxal Movement is a big joke. The case was said to be registered 20 years back and the police is acting on it now, he ironically slammed the police activity. Murthy should be released soon, he stressed.
Journalist Harsh Kumar Kugwe also reacted and urged that Murthy is to be released immediately. It is not good to run the Politically sponsored show by the police, he opined.
Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy
DN Murthy is in the public movement in Karnataka, for the last 20-25 years. From 2011, he was working as a journalist in “The Sunday Indian”. He has also worked for Gauri Lankesh Patrike. He is also part of Gauri Media trust, which was started after the death of Gauri lankesh in 2017. He is also the state secretary of Swaraj India since its inception.