Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti allegedly manhandled a Railway Protection Force personnel at the Hubli Railway Station on Monday night.
According to railway sources, the incident occurred when RPF head constable Shivaramaiah was on duty at the VIP circulating area of the Hubli railway station. Mr. Katti arrived in his official vehicle from Belgaum to take the Rani Chennamma Express train to Bangalore. On seeing the Minister's vehicle parked in a haphazard manner in the VIP circulating area, Mr. Shivaramaiah asked the driver to move the vehicle and park it in the parking area.
When the driver started arguing with the RPF personnel, Mr. Katti emerged from the vehicle and allegedly abused the head constable.
Mr. Katti allegedly caught hold of the constable's shirt collar. Soon, RPF officials intervened to sort out the issue, sources said.
P.N. Dineshan, Divisional Security Commissioner of the Hubli Division of SWR, said that it was a petty issue, which was sorted out on the spot.
He said that the Minister was angry seeing other vehicles parked in the VIP circulating area. “Our inspector intervened and explained the situation to the Minister. It was only a misunderstanding and the issue was sorted out there itself”, Mr. Dineshan told The Hindu .
However sources in the RPF said that soon after the incident, an entry was made in the diary by personnel on duty. When contacted, RPF Inspector Javeed Mokashi said that it was just a case of small misunderstanding and it had been sorted out, and no complaint had been registered.
Meanwhile Minister Umesh Katti clarified that he had not manhandled any RPF personnel at the Hubli railway station. However, he added that he did reprimand the RPF constable concerned for unnecessarily picking up a quarrel with his driver over a trivial issue.