On Friday afternoon, at the inauguration event of the newly constructed storm water drain in Bengaluru’s Laggere area, a ruckus broke out between JD(S) corporator Manjula and supporters of Congress MLA Munirathna.
In a video, which surfaced on various local news channels, supporters of MLA Munirathna Maidu are seen attacking Corporator Manjula and pulling her saree in public.
According to the complaint filed by the Corporator at the Nandi Layout Police Station, the incident occurred at 1.15 pm after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and MLA Munirathna Naidu left the venue upon inaugurating the storm water drains.
“I had gone to the venue as my name was mentioned in the invitation. I went there to discuss certain issues about my ward with the CM. As soon as MLA Munirathna’s supporters spotted me, they did not even let me go up the dais. I then complained to the programme organisers about the ill treatment,” Corporator Manjula told The News Minute.
In her complaint, Manjula states that the Congress workers were upset over her complaint to the organisers and a group of men attacked her.
“They all came at me together, they gagged me and pulled my saree. It was torn. They also beat me a few times,” Manjula said.
She was immediately rushed to a private hospital and the Nandi Layout Police went there to take her statement. Shocked by the unruly behaviour, Manjula decided to file a police complaint.
Manjula said that Congress worker Venkatesh, a resident of Yeshwanthpur, Siddegouda and Sunandamma stopped her from going up to the dais.
“Muniratna sent them to attack me as I complained to CM through the organisers over the mistakes made at the event. I was gagged and later they pulled my sari. The police who were there at the event took me to a nearby hospital as I was shocked,” she said.
Raja Rajeshwari Nagar MLA, Muniratna denied having any role in the incident.
“I had already left when the incident occurred. If the party workers have committed a mistake, I will ask the police to take action. This is political rivalry and I am not responsible for it. Congress workers were also injured in the incident and we have filed a counter complaint against Manjula and others,” he said.