The attack on a man, allegedly, by Congress youth wing general secretary in Bengaluru Mohammed Nalpad Haris, son of N.A. Haris, MLA, just ahead of the Assembly elections has put the ruling Congress in an embarrassing position. Congress Party expelled Mohammed Haris from the party following the incident. Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy ordered the police to nab Nalapad and his friends by Sunday evening. According to Vidvat's friends who were with him at the café, Mohammed and his gang followed and assaulted them with bottles when they were trying to take Vidvat to Mallya Hospital after the brawl.
A case has been filed at Cubbon Park police station, but BJP and AAP members are crying hoarse over "soft sections" of the Indian Penal Code being invoked against the accused with powerful connections.The issue unfolded at 10 pm after the victim Vidwath L and his friend Praveen Venkatachaliah, resident of Vasanthnagar, arrived at Farzi Cafe an hour earlier.
On Sunday, five of Nalapad's associates were arrested and were suspected to be involved in the assault.
The victim, Vidvat, is now recovering at Mallya Hospital in the city.
Nalapad was sacked from his position of Bengaluru Congress Youth President and also lost his primary membership for six years. Police have also not invoked the grievous attempt to murder charges against Nalapad and have booked him for assault, wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation. The state government had come under huge pressure after BJP and opposition parties strongly condemned the incident and also launched a series of protests in the city mainly at Cubbon Park police station since Sunday. "His phone is switched off. Let the law take its own course", the MLA said. Later, he promised to make him surrender before the Police.
On Sunday, Haris claimed he was unaware of his son's whereabouts. Whoever does wrong is wrong, be it a son of an MLA or anyone else.
In response to a tweet by historian Ramachandra Guha, the state chief minister Siddaramaiah tweeted: "Offenders should be punished to the full extent of law regardless of who they are".