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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Bangalore: Cong MLA hits cop, yet to be arrested

Sudipto Mondal, Hindustan Times  Bengaluru, July 03, 2014
First Published: 14:40 IST(3/7/2014) | Last Updated: 08:11 IST(4/7/2014)

Despite presence of 'watertight' evidence as claimed by the police, Congress MLA Vijayanand Kashappanavar and underworld don Somashekhar Gowda, who assaulted a constable at a posh pub in Bangalore late on Tuesday evening are yet to be arrested.

The ruling party MLA, who was celebrating his birthday at the Skyee Bar at UB City mall with Gowda, misbehaved with the police when they tried to shut down the party for breaching the city's nightlife deadline.

All pubs and bars are supposed to shut by 11:30pm on weekdays and 1 am on weekends. The MLA allegedly refused to wind-up even after 1am. When the police tried to get him to leave the premises, he started threatening them. He attacked constable Kiran who was recording the episode on camera. Gowda too joined in the shoving and jostling.

According to the complaint registered by the cops, Kashappanavar along with Gowda and eight other persons chased them to the parking lot.

A senior IPS officer told HT, "The CCTV footage recovered from the pub clearly shows the MLA slapping our constable. Gowda too pushed and abused our men. The evidence is watertight."

Asked why the accused have not yet been arrested, DCP (Bangalore Central) Ravikante Gowda said, "An FIR has been registered. The case is still being investigated. There is no need for an arrest at this stage."

Home minister KJ George said, "The home minister cannot respond to each and every small thing. It is a police case and the (due) procedure will follow."

Past Imperfect
June 27, 2014: BA Basavaraj, a Congress MLA slapped a traffic constable in full public view for not clearing the way for his vehicle.

June 29, 2014: 3 youngsters driving two Ferraris and a Porche assaulted and berated traffic policemen who flagged them down for speeding. The boys claimed being relatives of a ex Congress minister.


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