In yet another controversy that broke for Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, a video came into the light on Tuesday in which he was caught purportedly ordering someone over the phone to kill the assailants of former JD(S) leader Prakash, who was killed by masked men on Monday. Hours after the video triggered huge controversy for the JD(S) leader, HD Kumaraswamy went on to give multiple statements justifying the video.
While earlier Kumaraswamy termed his statement where he was heard giving 'order to kill assailants in a shootout' as an 'emotional outburst', in his latest justification he labelled his account as a 'slip of tongue':
"It was not a shootout order. I said that emotionally. It was a slip of tongue. I gave the orders to the police. I said this in a different context. I was angry and outraged. I was talking about criminals who commit murders on a regular basis. They were jailed, but they got out on bail," said Kumaraswamy while speaking to the reporters in the matter.
In the video accessed earlier, HD Kumaraswamy, surrounded with other party leaders, was seen talking over the phone.
Seemingly, while speaking to the police, he said, "He(Janata Dal-Secular leader Prakash) was a good man. I'm hurt because he has been murdered. There were three murders that took place in the past. I'm disappointed. Who are your inspectors? Where was the circle inspector? He was murdered in the middle of a road. I don't know how your handling it. It is your duty. I'm very disappointed. He was a very good man. If needed shoot him. Don't spare such criminals. I don't care about such people. Kill them (assailants) mercilessly in a shootout, no problem".
Mr Kumaraswamy later denied giving the order to 'kill the assailants mercilessly', saying that it was an 'emotional' outburst.