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Vatal seeks CBI probe into assault on MLA

‘Kumaraswamy should speak to Deshmukh’

BANGALORE: The Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha has threatened to call a bandh in areas of the State on the Maharashtra border if the Centre failed to order a CBI probe into the episode of the Maharashtra police allegedly thrashing Indi MLA Ravikanth Patil during his birthday celebration in Solapur in Maharashtra.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj took exception to the Solapur police assaulting Mr. Patil. He alleged that the police had not only assaulted the MLA, but also thrashed his family members, including women.

He argued that the police should have behaved courteously with Mr. Patil while sorting out the issue regarding bursting of firecrackers by his supporters to celebrate the MLA’s birthday.

Mr. Nagaraj also urged Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to speak to his Maharashtra counterpart Vilasrao Deshmukh and condemn the police “high-handedness.”

Legislative Assembly Speaker Krishna should also speak to his Maharashtra counterpart and request him to seek an explanation on the assault issue, Mr. Nagaraj said. He declared that his party would call for a bandh in about a week, if the Centre did not respond properly.

A large number of pro-Kannada activists from various parts of Karnataka would take part in the proposed protest to be observed on the State’s border near Solapur, he said.