Harsha murder case: Photos showing defendants receiving special treatment in prison go viral

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Bangalore, July 5 (IANS): Photos allegedly showing the defendant in the murder case of activist Harsha of Bajrang Dal receiving special treatment at Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in this Karnataka city have gone viral on social media.

In the photos, the accused can be seen talking on cell phones and making video calls. According to sources, the defendants enjoy special privileges inside the prison.

Shortly after the footage was released, Harsha’s family expressed their disappointment saying they had been betrayed by the system.

Notably, the state government had patted him on the back after catching the accused within 24 hours of the brutal murder, which made national headlines. Currently, the case is being investigated by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the defendants are being held at Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru.

As the photos went viral on social media, prison authorities conducted raids to determine how the defendants obtained cellphones inside the prison. Investigations are also underway to determine who the defendants were in contact with and whether there were any attempts to destroy evidence or derail the investigation.

The development came as a shock to Harsha’s family. “The government system is flawed. There is no humanity, a life is lost and no one has the commitment to deliver justice,” said the deceased’s sister, Rajini.

“Nobody seems to bother. Although the investigation is progressing, watch how the defendants are talking to their wives and families. They have all the support. We have lost our brother and are in pain. The prison authorities must be suspended and we should get justice. The special treatment given to the accused will set a bad example and encourage young people to walk the wrong path. It will give a massage that even after committing a murder, they can have all the luxuries and go out to the interior three months,” Rajini said.

Padma, Harsha’s mother, said if the defendants were given such luxuries inside the prison, the government might as well release them. “We feel that justice is being denied us,” she said.

Harsha, 27, was hacked to death by a gang of disbelievers on February 20 at the height of the hijab crisis, sparking concern and a law and order situation.

Popularly known as Harsha Hindu, Harsha was at the forefront of Hindutva activities and challenged the illegal transport of cows. He shared fierce Hindutva messages on his social media accounts and also commented on the hijab issue.

The murder had resulted in widespread violence.

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