Rejecting the recently-submitted Criminal Investigation Department report on the rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl, whose body was found near Dharmasthala a year ago, as being unacceptable, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will hold a series of rallies in the district from Thursday to press for a CBI probe.

CPI(M) State Secretary G.V. Sriram Reddy said not only should the heinous incident be probed, but also all unnatural deaths in Belthangady taluk that were reported over the past few decades.

He denied that a specific religious leader was being targeted in their protests. While nearly 52 organisations, including the CPI(M) have lent their support to the impending protest, the party will conduct rallies in Belthangady and Sullia taluk on November 21. The issue will also be raised during the party convention in the city on November 26, where member of the CPI(M) politburo, Sitaram Yechury, will attend.

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