Assault case: Two-day police custody for Mohammed Nalapad

Nalapad's supporters rough up media personnel

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), February 19:- Mohammed Nalapad, son of Congress MLA NA Haris, who was arrested on Monday morning in connection with an assault case has been sent to police custody for two days.

The case will be heard again on February 21 by the 8th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court.

Nalpad’s five associates who were arrested on Sunday in connection with the assault case have also been sent to two days police custody.

Meanwhile, a scuffle broke out between Nalapad’s supporters and media personnel at the Cubbon Park police station.

There was speculation that Nalapad, who had evaded arrest on Sunday, surrendered on Monday in hope of securing bail.

The incident occurred on Saturday night when Nalapad had allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill a 24-year-old man over a trivial matter.

Cubbon Park police have registered an FIR against Nalapad under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 143 and 144 (unlawful assembly), 146 and 147 (rioting), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace).

The victim, Vidvat, is currently recovering at Mallya Hospital in the city. According to TV reports, Nalapad had gone into hiding in a farmhouse in Hosur.

The case has been under massive media and public scrutiny more so with the Karnataka Assembly elections around the corner. BJP and AAP who had hit the streets soon after news broke of the incident have demanded that Nalapad be booked for attempt to murder too.

However, Nalapad’s lawyer clarified that the police can’t modify an FIR and he was hopeful of securing bail. According to police, they are considering adding IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) at the time of filing the charge-sheet.

After the assault came to light, the Congress was forced to go into the defensive, with the party sacking him from the post of Bengaluru Youth Congress General Secretary and also suspending him from the party for six years. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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