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Staunch support:The former Minister H. Halappa being shielded by his supporters at Victoria Hospital in Bangalore on Friday.
Staunch support:The former Minister H. Halappa being shielded by his supporters at Victoria Hospital in Bangalore on Friday.

Staff Reporter

‘The former Minister is suffering from hypertension, diabetes, vertigo and asthma'

Photo-journalists stage protest against unruly behaviour of Halappa's supporters

BANGALORE: The former Minister H. Halappa, who has been accused of rape, was shifted to Victoria Hospital from Shimoga on Friday. Doctors attending to him said he will be in the hospital for the next four days to undergo treatment.

Following complaints of health problems, Shimoga Magistrate Ravikanth had directed the Shimoga jail authorities to admit Mr. Halappa to the McGann General Hospital in Shimoga on Thursday. From there, he was referred to Victoria Hospital for further treatment.

The Shimoga jail personnel brought Mr. Halappa to the Bangalore Central Prison on Friday afternoon. He was immediately taken to the prison hospital.

“The McGann Hospital authorities had prescribed various tests. We did a few tests for an hour in the prison hospital and then Mr. Halappa was sent to Victoria Hospital,” said Chief Superintendent of the Prison M.C. Vishwanathaiah.

Victoria Hospital authorities were well prepared for Mr. Halappa's admission. Hospital Medical Superintendent Balagangadhar Tilak said the former Minister was suffering from hypertension, diabetes, vertigo and asthma.

“Although his condition is stable, a panel of doctors has been formed to monitor his health. We have conducted routine tests and have admitted him to a separate room on the 2nd floor of the Master Plan building in the hospital. This is for security reasons and also to ensure that patient care in the hospital is not affected,” Dr. Tilak said.

“We will not allow any of his supporters to visit him and disturb patients in the other wards. Based on the panel's assessment, his treatment will start from Saturday,” he said.

High drama

High drama prevailed on the hospital premises around 2 p.m. when Mr. Halappa was brought to the hospital in an ambulance from the Bangalore Central Prison. There was a scuffle between photo-journalists and Mr. Halappa's supporters, and a media photogpraher, R. Manjunath, was injured.

The supporters followed the police patrol vehicle and the ambulance in a multi-utility vehicle. Just before the police could open the door of the ambulance, about ten of the former Minister's supporters trooped to the door and blocked photographers from taking pictures.

They surrounded Mr. Halappa and covered his face with their hands. They heckled the photographers and tried to rush him into the hospital. In this melee, glass panes of the entrance door were broken injuring the photographer. The police allowed Mr. Halappa's supporters to enter the hospital with the former Minister after which the gate was slammed shut on the journalists. Irked by the unruly behaviour of the supporters, photo-journalists staged a protest in front of the Master Plan building of the hospital demanding action against them.

Hearing

Shimoga Staff Correspondent reports:

Judical Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Ravikant posted the hearing of the petition filed by the CID seeking DNA and voice test of Mr. Halappa to Saturday. Even the case of granting anticipatory bail for Girish and Basavaraj — associates of Mr. Halappa — would be heard on Saturday.

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