Bengaluru Pub Assault: Congress MLA's Son Mohammed Haris Nalapad Surrenders

Mohammad Nalapad

Mohammad Nalapad

Nalapad, the Bangalore District Youth Congress General Secretary, was expelled from the party for six years hours after he and 10 of his supporters were booked for the assault.

At the time of Nalapad's surrender, a tussle broke out between the BJP, JD (S) cadres and Congress supporters. He had returned to Bengaluru in December after completing MBA in Singapore. "Vidwath told him he was sitting so because his leg was fractured".

The victim, Vidvat, is now recovering at Mallya Hospital in the city. Nalapad is also accused of threatening him at a hospital where he is undergoing treatment. The police allegedly forced the victim to withdraw the complaint. "A while later, a bunch of people came and beat up Vidwath", said Praveen.

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

Speaking on this incident, Congress MLA NA Haris said, "Whoever does wrong is wrong, be it the son of an MLA or anyone else". The then-DCP Sandeep Patil learnt about this and suspended him.

Haris represents the Shantinagar assembly segment in city central.

The victim, identified as Dollars Colony resident Vidwath, was having dinner at a high-end restaurant in UB City when Mohammad Nalapad and his friends walked in at 11:30pm.

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

"The police have not imposed IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) in the FIR against Mohammed despite availability of CCTV footages of attack", Vidvat's father said. Hadagali was suspended and Manjunath was moved out of Cubbon Park jurisdiction.

In 2016, Nalapad was accused of assaulting a reveller at a Shanthinagar pub. It soon flared up into a brawl as Vidvat was allegedly assaulted by Mohammed and atleast 15 of his friends. No complaint was registered.

The Chief Minister was responding to a tweet by historian Ramachandra Guha.

On Twitter, the Chief Minister said the offenders would be punished "regardless of who they are".

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