JN Ganesh was booked for attempt to murder on January 19, following an altercation with MLA Anand Singh.

Month on Ktaka Cong MLA JN Ganesh accused of trying to murder fellow MLA arrested
news Crime Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 16:13

A month after being booked for attempting to murder his colleague Anand Singh, Karnataka Congress MLA, JN Ganesh from Ballari district, was arrested by the police on Wednesday. Till now, Ganesh was absconding according to the police, with senior ministers including the chief minister saying that police were given a free hand to arrest the ruling party MLA.

Ravi Gowda, the media convenor for Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) confirmed the development.

Ganesh was booked under sections 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons), 307 (Attempt to murder), 504 (intentional insult to breach peace) and 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by Bidadi Police Station. 

In his statement to the police, Anand Singh had said that if Ganesh had his way, he would have shot him dead with his gunman’s rifle. 

Anand Singh told police that on the night of January 19, after dinner, Anand Singh and Ganesh were walking to their respective rooms. At that time, Ganesh questioned Anand Singh as to why he did not apparently give enough money for election campaigning and started blaming him. When Anand Singh denied these allegations, he claims that Ganesh started abusing him, and he took out a log from a flower pot and started hitting him. After this, he threw a pot on Anand Singh’s head and as a result, Anand fell on the ground. Following this, Ganesh started stamping on his chest. This was when Tanveer Sait and two other MLAs rescued him and stopped him. By this time, he had lost consciousness.

Ganesh had reportedly said, “I should have killed you long back and all these things would not have happened. Where is the pistol, I want to shoot you now.”

As a result of the drunken brawl that took place in the Eagleton resort, Anand Singh had to undergo an eye surgery and was also treated for injuries on his chest.

Following the incident, an embarrassed Congress had suspended Ganesh and a committee headed by Deputy CM G Parameshwara was to decide his future.

However, within a week after being booked, he had posted messages on social media claiming that he was not the one who initiated the brawl but was provoked.

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