Bengluru: A Congress MLA’s son and his friends allegedly assaulted a man at a restaurant in the upmarket UB City area after they felt offended at the manner he was sitting at his table. Vidwath, of course, had a good reason for sitting with his extended feet pointing at their table: one of his legs, owing to a fracture, is in plaster.
But MLA NA Harris’s son Mohammed Nalapad, who is also the Bangalore District Youth Congress General Secretary, took umbrage and brutally beat up Vidhwat, even as the crowd and the management in the restro-bar watched from the sidelines. Not just that, Nalapad and his friends followed the victim and his brother to the hospital he was rushed to and thrashed him there as well. According to the FIR, Vidwath’s brother was also beaten up at the hospital.
Since then, after an opposition outcry, Nalapad was expelled from the party for six years. His whereabouts were not known and apparent he is no the run. Allegations of unprovoked attacks on people at restaurants and pubs are not new to Nalapad. He has been accused of getting into such brawls in the past, while the police have faced flak for not taking appropriate action.
In 2016, Nalapad was accused of assaulting a reveller at a Shanthinagar pub. The police allegedly forced the victim to withdraw the complaint. They had even claimed that someone was impersonating Nalapad at the time. The assailant’s father, the MLA of Shantinagar, described the incident as unfortunate. “I met the victim and his family. I don’t know where he (Nalapad) is. His phone is switched off. Let the law take its course,” Harris said. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted that offenders should be punished to the “full extent of law”.