Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP on Saturday came down heavily on CM HD Kumaraswamy for claiming credit for the arrest of underworld gangster Ravi Pujari from Senegal and asked him to show “some guts” and stop crimes in the state.

Taking a dig at the CM, the BJP further asked Kumaraswamy to show his “virility” by arresting Congress MLA JN Ganesh, who is absconding for nearly a week since he was booked on an attempt-to-murder charge after he allegedly assaulted lawmaker Anand Singh during a brawl at a Bengaluru resort.

Notably, the BJP’s reaction came a day after Kumaraswamy claimed that the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka played a leading role in getting Pujari arrested.

“CM HD Kumaraswamy claiming credit for arrest of criminal Ravi Pujari by West African police is like HD Devegowda claiming credits for killing of Bin Laden by US. Wake up & first show some guts to stop the crime in Karnataka. Governing a state isn’t like producing movies (sic),” Karnataka BJP said in a tweet.

“Anna (Big brother) Kumaranna, before giving kudos to your self by claiming that Ravi Pujari was arrested by the coalition government, show your virility by arresting Kampli MLA Ganesh,” it said in another tweet in Kannada.

Reacting to the BJP barb, Kumaraswamy questioned why the party did not get Pujari arrested when it was in power. He assured action against Ganesh in accordance with law.

“Ravi Pujari’s illegal activities had started in 2001; BJP also ruled the state for five years. BJP has tweeted with respect- calling me Anna- I want to ask that brother (BJP) what did you do for five years when you were in power,” he said.

Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Kumaraswamy said his government had made efforts in the last six months to arrest Pujari.

The state government officials maintained a constant communication with the Senegal government. “We have already given instructions to arrest Ganesh. Whoever has committed mistake will not be protected at any cost and action will be taken against them in accordance with law, but there are procedures for it. Case has been booked and officials have initiated action,” he added.
On January 19 , underworld Don Ravi Pujari, was arrested in Senegal, West Africa. The action against the fugitive gangster was taken following a Red Corner Notice issued against him by the Bengaluru City Police. The Senegal Police acted on a information provided to them by Indian Intelligence agencies.

Ravi Pujari was believed to be mentored by gangster Chhota Rajan, who is currently in a jail in Navi Mumbai. The gangster is facing more than 30 cases, including a 2009 murder case, in Mangaluru.