Angry over arrest of Mandur protesters, minister 'abuses' cops
Health and Family Welfare Minister Aravinda Limbavali and his supporters allegedly created a ruckus at the Avalahalli police station, off Mahadevapura, late Sunday night over the arrest a few protesters from Mandur village.
Mandur is part of Limbavali’s Mahadevapura Assembly constituency.
The minister is alleged to have abused the police staff in filthy language and ransacked the station along with his supporters. He grabbed some important files and flung them. He also threatened the policemen of dire consequences if they fail to follow his orders, eyewitnesses said.
The high drama unfolded after midnight when the minister and his supporters reportedly barged into the police station. The minister allegedly abused the Avalahalli police inspector Kashi and took objection to the arrest of protesters. He allegedly threatened to teach them “a befitting lesson” for arresting protesters without his permission.
A policeman, who was a witness to the incident, said the minister did not listen to their version of the incident.
Limbavali allegedly tried to manhandle the police inspector when he intervened to give his version. He is said to have directed the police personnel to sit quietly till he completed his “task.” Limbavali was reportedly accompanied by his supporters Papanna, Venu, Sridhar and Nagesh. The minister and his men were at the police station for over two hours, a policeman said.
The Avalahalli police have submitted a detailed report of the incident to Inspector General of Police (Central Range) Amar Kumar Pandey and Bangalore Rural Superintendent of Police D Prakash.
“The jurisdictional police have not registered any case and they are yet to submit a report. We will take appropriate action depending on the report,” Prakash said. To maintain law and order, prohibitory orders have been imposed in Avalahalli, Budigere Cross, Bommenahalli, Mandur, Kattugollanahalli, Baiyappanahalli and Gundur villages till Wednesday midnight.
Limbavali told Deccan Herald: “I rushed to the spot after learning about the incident. It is my duty to address the woes of my electorate. The government will find a solution to the garbage problem in Mandur.”
Residents of Mandur were staging a protest on Sunday night by blocking the movement of trucks carrying garbage. The police rushed to the spot, took them into preventive custody and brought them to the police station.
“The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike officials had assured us that they would stop dumping garbage in Mandur by December 9.
They had even promised to give an undertaking in this regard. As they failed to give an undertaking, we launched the protest. The police did not release us even after midnight. Therefore, we contacted the minister and sought his help,” Mandur resident Sadashivaiah said.