Congress leader from Karnataka Reshma Padeknar’s dead body was found under Kolhar Bridge on the bank of Krishna River of Basavanabagewadi taluk of Vijayapura district in the wee hours on Friday. The police have not yet found the cause of death but seeing the marks on the body, they suspect a case of murder. Kolhar Police Station has registered the case, Daiji World reported.

“We are not at a stage of confirming whether it is a murder or suicide. We have beefed up the investigation and her relatives have been summoned,” B. S. Nemegoud, Additional Superintendent of Police told TNIE confirming the death of Padeknur. Police suspect that she must have been killed by the culprits on the night of Thursday and was thrown into the river.

Her relatives claim that they last saw her on Thursday with one of the leaders from Maharashtra who belongs to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party.

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“We are not at a stage of confirming whether it is a murder or suicide. We have beefed up the investigation and her relatives have been summoned,”

Padeknur was a member of JD (S) for over a decade as its district president of women’s wing. She ran for the election of legislative assembly from Devarahipparagi constituency on a JD (S) ticket in 2013 but lost the elections. When JD (S) leaders denied her a ticket in the last assembly polls, she quit the party to join Congress. She had also alleged that she was sidelined by the JDS even after serving for years.

Political personalities are expressing their shock at the sudden death of Padeknur on social media. BJP leader from Karnataka and MP from Chikkamagalur, Shobha Karandlaje tweeted, “Shocked & deeply saddened to hear about the brutal murder of Reshma Padeknur, Congress worker from Vijayapura. My deepest condolences to her family & near ones. Demand for a swift investigation of this incident & Arrest the culprits immediately.”

While BJP leader publically acknowledged Padeknur’s death, Congress party remains silent and hasn’t released any public statement on it.

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