Bengaluru city Youth Congress General Secretary Mohammad Haris Nalapad is in the centre of a massive controversy in the poll-bound state of Karnataka after allegedly assaulting a young man at a city cafe on Sunday.
Bengaluru city Youth Congress General Secretary Mohammad Haris Nalapad is in the centre of a massive controversy in the poll-bound state of Karnataka after allegedly assaulting a young man at a city cafe on Sunday. Nalapad has been expelled from the state’s ruling party for six years, the Congress party’s state President G Parameshwara informed on Sunday. He said that atrocities of any form are not tolerated in INC Karnataka. In the latest in the row, Nalapad surrendered before the police on Monday amid rising calls for his immediate arrest.
Here is what we know of the case so far:
1- Nalapad, 24, is the son of Congress MLA N A Haris from Shantinagar seat in Bengaluru central. Nalapad had a verbal altercation with the victim, identified as Vidvat, on Saturday night at a pub in UB City Mall.
2- The fight happened when Nalapad objected to Vidvat, who was dining along with his friend Praveen, for resting his fractured leg on a chair. When Vidvat reacted rather rudely, asking Nalapad to mind his own business, the 24-year-old Congress leader’s son along with his accomplices assaulted Vidvat.
3- Praveen took a bleeding Vidvat to a nearby private hospital for treatment, as he was punched in the face and chest and ended up with a broken nose.
4- An FIR was lodged against Nalapad and five of his friends for thrashing the 24-year-old in Fergy Cafe.
5- Cubbon Park Inspector Vijaya Hadagalli said,”Vidvat was dining along with Praveen when Nalapad objected to him resting his fractured leg on a chair at the adjacent table. When Vidvat told Nalapad to mind his business, the latter along with his friends thrashed him.”
6- Following the shameful incident, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also tweeted and said, “Offenders should be punished to the full extent, regardless of who they are. No less. No more.”
7- BJP state unit President and former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa tweeted saying “I am appalled at, and condemn, the ghastly attack by MLA N.A. Haris’ son on innocent Vidvat. @CPBlr Police must arrest the culprit and his goons to restore public confidence in the rule of law. Congress MLA must counsel his absconding son to surrender.”
8- However, this is not the first time Nalapad had reacted in such a way. Earlier, in 2016, a man in Bengaluru had alleged that Nalapad had assaulted him at a bar in Shantinagar, as per a report by The News Minute.