Bangalore Cong MLA's son surrenders after being booked for assaulting man whose leg was in a cast

Bangalore, Feb. 19 (Agencies): Mohammed Nalapad Haris, son of ruling Congress lawmaker N.A. Haris, surrendered to the police on Monday, after he was booked for allegedly assaulting a man at a pub-cum-restaurant.

Nalapad surrendered at the Cubbon Park police station on Monday, after hiding for over a day.

Supporters of the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (Secular) had gathered outside the police station to protest, while supporters of Haris, a member of the legislative assembly, had also turned up.

The February 17 assault has become a major political issue ahead of the Karnataka assembly elections.

Nalapad is alleged to have severely assaulted another guest whose broken leg, set in a cast, had been pointed at him.

The administration sprang into action after the police was accused of initially refusing to file a case because Nalapad, apart from being an MLA's son, has been general secretary of the city Congress unit.

He was booked for wrongful restraint, criminal intimidation, unlawful assembly, rioting, causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace.

The Congress has expelled him for six years.

The parents of Vidwat, the 24-year-old management graduate who was assaulted by Nalapad, had lodged a complaint against the MLA’s son and 10 of his friends.

They are alleged to have kicked Vidwat, punched him and smashed a liquor bottle on his head.

Nalapad and his friends had also allegedly barged into the hospital where Vidwat was admitted following the incident, and threatened him.


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