Congress MLA NA Haris’ son surrendered to the Cubbon Park Police in Bengaluru on Monday, two days after he assaulted a man in a restaurant. Mohammed Haris Nalapad, who was suspended as the general secretary of the Bengaluru District Youth Congress, was remanded in police custody for two days, ANI reported.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President G Parameshwara told reporters on Sunday that Nalapad was suspended from the party for six years.
Nalapad’s lawyer B Usman said he was named an accused on the basis of CCTV footage from a pub. He said a Bharatiya Janata Party MP’s son was also seen in the footage but was not named an accused.
The complainant, Praveen Venkatachalaiah, said Nalpad picked an argument with his friend Vidvat, who had broken his leg four weeks ago and had stretched his leg out because he could not move it. The Congress leader got angry and asked Vidvat to apologise for stretching his leg out. When Vidvat refused, an argument ensued, and soon after, Nalapad and his supporters started beating him up, Venkatachalaiah said.
Nalapad and his supporters are believed to have also visited Vidvat at the hospital and warned him against filing a complaint.
Meanwhile, BJP workers protested outside Cubbon Park Police Station in Bengaluru, demanding that Nalapad be booked for attempt to murder. They also demanded Haris’s resignation. The police had to baton-charge the protestors to bring the situation under control.