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Karnataka Congress MLA’s son charged with assaulting man surrenders

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) have criticised the law and order situation in Karnataka, where assembly elections will be held in May.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2018 17:11 IST
Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
Karnataka,Karnataka Congress MLA,Bengaluru
Karnataka Congress legislator NA Haris said he had advised his son Mohammed Haris Nalapad to surrender because nobody was above the law. (ANI Twitter)

The son of Karnataka Congress legislator NA Haris accused of assaulting a man in a pub surrendered to the police in Bengaluru on Monday, a day after a manhunt was launched to arrest him.

Haris confirmed the development and said he had advised his son Mohammed Haris Nalapad to surrender because nobody was above the law.

“Now that he has surrendered the law will take its course,” Haris said.

Senior Congress leaders, including chief minister Siddaramaiah and state Congress president G Parameshwara, were quick to criticise Nalapad for his behaviour.

Nalapad, who was a general secretary of the Youth Congress, was expelled from the party for six years after reports of the assault emerged on Sunday.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) criticised the law and order situation in the state, where assembly elections set to be held in May, after the issue heated up around the assault.

State home minister Ramalinga Reddy set the police a deadline of 8pm on Sunday to arrest Nalapad after the opposition’s criticism. The inspector at the Cubbon Park police station was suspended for failing to meet the deadline.

“The police will take action. I have instructed them to bring justice,” Reddy said.

Vidvat, the man who was assaulted, is undergoing treatment for a fractured leg at the Mallya Hospital. He was allegedly beaten up on Saturday because Nalapad took offence to him sitting with his leg stretched out in the pub.

After a heated exchange, Nalapad and 10 of his associates allegedly thrashed Vidvat. Nalapad also allegedly went to the hospital where Vidvat was admitted to warn him against filing a complaint with the police.

A case was registered against Nalapad and 10 others for voluntarily causing grievous hurt, rioting, and criminal intimidation.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 14:59 IST