26-year-old Harsha was stabbed to death, allegedly by local Muslims, on the night of 20 February 2020 at the Shivamogga district of Karnataka. The motive for his killing appears to be his support for, and media posting about, a uniform dress code for educational institutions.
Harsha succumbed to stab wounds at McGann District Hospital. He was a tailor by profession, the sole breadwinner for his family.
Harsha was a member of Bajrang Dal, an affiliate of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
Shivamogga has been in the news recently over the Hijab row. Harsha spoke in favor of a uniform dress code for educational institutions. Way back in 2015, a fatwa was posted on Facebook by an extremist Islamist group called ‘Mangalore Muslims’ on Facebook against Harsha over his social media posts.
Amidst police security, Harsha’s mortal remains were taken in a huge procession comprising of family, friends, and members of Hindu organizations, for final respects and last rites.
The procession passed through communally sensitive areas and was marred by incidents of stone pelting.
Meanwhile, Jayant Panda, the BJP National Vice President, has demanded capital punishment for Harsha’s killers.
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Shivamogga Police has arrested 6 people - Mohammed Kashif , Syed Nadeem, Asifulla Khan, Rehan Sharief, Nehan, and Abdul Afnan involved in Harsha's murder.
Harsha’s brutal murder is the latest in a spate of targeted murders of Hindus across Bharat by Hinduphobic forces.