Matters appear to have become more complicated for the family of G.H. Prakash since this newspaper reported a feud between him and Congress MLA D.K. Shivakumar on June 16.
The Hindu ’s story was also followed up by the local and national media. “Ever since the media scaled up reportage, our problems have only become worse; they (Mr. Shivakumar’s supporters) want to now demolish our house,” claimed Mr. Prakash’s son Ravi Gowda when The Hindu revisited the family on Tuesday.
Following media reports, a reserve police team was placed at Mr. Prakash’s house for his protection. “They left this morning when Mr. Shivakumar’s brother, D.K. Suresh, arrived at the spot with about a 100 men,” Mr. Gowda said.
This family of third-generation Congress supporters defected to the Janata Dal (Secular) during the recent Assembly elections. They claim that after he won, Mr. Shivakumar, Mr. Suresh and their supporters have been harassing defectors like them. The family members have been facing trouble leaving the house in Kodihalli, Kanakapura in the past week because Mr. Suresh and his supporters have dug a six-feet trench in front of it.
“The day after your report appeared, Mr. Suresh came with some gram panchayat officials and threatened to break down our house if we spoke to the media again,” Mr. Prakash alleged.
Mr. Shivakumar, however, dismissed these allegations as “false” and “politically motivated” in a statement released on Tuesday.
He said the trench has been dug on his land for the construction of a wall around his property. He did not explain why the trench was snaking around Mr. Prakash’s property. Ramanagaram Superintendent of Police Anupam Agarwal said there is little the police can do. “This is a politically motivated issue. Mr. Shivakumar says the land (on which the trench has been dug) belongs to him. The revenue officials must take a call,” he said. He, however, said Mr. Shivakumar’s actions show political vendetta. “When Prakash and his family was with his party, he never moved in to occupy the land that he now claims belongs to him,” Mr. Agarwal said.