news Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 05:30
Bollywood actor Salman Khan has unwittingly become the cause for another debate in Karnataka, involving a journalist who has alleged that a BJP MP has threatened to “kill” him for a story he did. The MP has called the allegations baseless. Mangaluru police have registered an FIR under Sections 504 and 507 against Mysuru MP Pratap Simha for allegedly threatening to “kill” H S Shreyas, a reporter with News Karnataka website. According to the complaint, Shreyas said that he had reported on Friday that Simha had put up a Facebook post “supporting” Salman Khan and saying that people should also talk about others who had been run over by careless drivers. The story also contained the views of people such as Sri Rama Sene founder and former RSS pracharak Pramod Muthalik, who denounced Simha’s views. Shreyas has said that he had called up Simha after finding the post on his Facebook wall for additional information. Simha had repeated his views, says Shreyas. The story was published on the website, and Shreyas had also tweeted the story from his account and this is the conversation that took place on Twitter: Journo-turned-politician, Pratap Simha virtually stands in solidarity with Salman @BeingSalmanKhan @mepratap My story- — shreyas.h.s (@microthinking) May 8, 2015 @mepratap U threatened to hit me. Being a MP U have used abusive language (loafer) over phone. I have quoted you in context. #Stoparrogance — shreyas.h.s (@microthinking) May 8, 2015 That evening, Shreyas approached the police and lodged a complaint against Simha, accusing the latter of using abusive language against him and threatening to “finish him off”. “Son of a w***e, (you think you’re so great,) writing for a website. I will cut off the hand you write with. Loafer, I will stamp on you under my boots,” Simha is quoted as saying in the complaint. Shreyas adds: “To this, I responded by saying that ‘Being an elected representative, you should use courteous language. This is not language that behoves you.’” At this, Simha said: “You don’t need to teach me all this.” Shreyas says that when he asked Simha to feel free to point out errors in his report if there were any, Simha allegedly said: “If you were in front of me, I would have broken your legs. Tell me where you are, I will send my people and finish you off.” When he heard this, Shreyas says he disconnected the call as he was “alarmed”. He urged the police to take action as he felt threatened by Simha who was a powerful politician and that he “feared for his life”. When contacted on Saturday, Simha, a former journalist, told The News Minute that he had a lot of work, many people to meet as an elected representative. “When I have so much  work, why will I go and threaten someone?”  Stating that Shreyas did indeed call him, and that he repeated the views he put up on Facebook, Simha added he had also called him “idiot” on Twitter. He said that he had not supported Salman Khan, but pointed out that the Motor Vehicles bill should be passed. Asked about the alleged threats to assault him, Simha said: “Ask the police. There has to be some basis for making a statement (like this). There is no basis. Maybe he just wanted publicity, it is a new website (News Karnataka).” Asked about other specific allegations Shreyas made in his complaint, Simha said that he had come to watch a hockey match and that he could not answer further questions. 
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