Karnataka MLA was ‘hit with flower pots’

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 03:11 AM IST
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Bengaluru: While the Karnataka Congress initially denied that there was a brawl between its lawmakers Anand Singh and JK Ganesh, details of the fight at Eagleton Resort at Bidadi on the outskirts of Bengaluru have started emerging. This is what happened according to eyewitnesses: Ganesh and Singh were sitting together, drinking since 7pm. The session went on till 1 am and that is when a heated argument broke out.

No one knows what provoked Ganesh, but in a flash he lifted a flower pot and hit Singh bang on the head. Singh fell to the floor even as Ganesh’s gunman tried to intervene. Ganesh then reportedly bit the gunman. The gunman was later given an anti-tetanus shot and first-aid. Senior party leader and Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar (DKS) and his brother, who were staying in the resort, rushed to Singh’s room to enquire about his condition.

Despite being aware of the injuries, DKS allegedly lied to the media that there was no fight, no liquor or injuries. He had initially even dismissed reports on the brawl as fake news. Then, he said Singh had chest pain; later the statement was amended to say he had a fall.

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The police have a more detailed version. According to the police, around 1am Sunday, Singh was about to retire for the day when Ganesh confronted him and picked up a fight. He accused Singh of not helping him financially during the last assembly elections and threatened to kill his elder sister’s son, Sandeep, as he was working against him.

When Singh asked Ganesh not to rake up his family members” names, an enraged Ganesh allegedly lost his cool and attacked him. “Ganesh hit me on my head with clubs and flower pots. He banged my head against the wall and kicked me in my stomach and face as I fell down,’’ Singh, who is being treated at Apollo Hospital in Seshadripuram, told police. Said Ganesh: “I would like to apologise to Singh’s family. Whatever the media is reporting is false. We had a heated argument and it snowballed. He slipped and suffered injuries.” But he did not explain how Singh had so many injuries just because of a fall.

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