Youth Congress leader Mohammad Haris expelled on assault charge

Pauline Gross
February 19, 2018

Close on the heels of this incident, to avoid a major embarrassment in an election year, KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar announced the expulsion of Mohammed Haris Nalapad, general secretary of the Bengaluru Youth Congress from the party for six years. "The accused may be an MLA's son.but none of them are above the law", he added. "I will see that my son does not do anything like this again", he said.

Vidvat's elder brother Sathwik told media that Mohammed and his gang assaulted him near the hospital.

The victim, Vidwat, 28, was injured in the brawl and had to be taken to the nearby Mallya Hospital for treatment. Nalapad and atleast 10 of his accomplices have been booked by the Cubbon Park Police based on a complaint.

Cubbon Park police filed an FIR at 3:30 am on Sunday despite the complaint against Nalapad having been registered at 10:30 pm on Saturday.

An FIR has been registered under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restrain), 506 (criminal intimidation), 143 and 144 (unlawful assembly), 146 and 147 (rioting), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by unsafe weapons) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peach) at the Cubbon Park Police Station.

Youth Congress leader Mohammad Haris expelled on assault charge

The two teams formed to nab Nalapad and his henchmen have arrested Abhishek, Arun, Balakrishna, Manjunath and Rachik.

"The police have not imposed IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) in the FIR against Mohammed despite availability of CCTV footages of attack", Vidvat's father said.

State JD (S) chief H.D. Kumaraswamy too condemned the assault and said the delay in bringing the culprits to book had given a feeling that the cops were under pressure from the ruling Congress against taking action against the accused. Vijay Hadagali was the police inspector then of the jurisdiction Ashok Nagar police station. The allegation was however dismissed saying that it was someone else who used Mohammed's name. Nalapad's father is the MLA from Shantinagar constituency.

Former CM and state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa tweeted, "I am appalled at & strongly condemn the ghastly attack by MLA NA Harris son on innocent Vidwath".

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said offenders will be punished "regardless of who they are".

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