Brouhaha over 'assault' on corporator

Enraged over the irregular supply of water, residents of Kodikal allegedly assaulted their corporator after a heated exchange of words at Kulai Pumphouse on Tuesday.

The residents had come near the pump house as they had not received water for four days and had called corporator Prathiba Kulai to the spot to air their grievances. They took the corporator to task. In the melee, Sunanda, a resident, slapped the corporator in a fit of rage.

According to a complaint filed with the Surathkal police, Prathiba said Sunanda slapped her during the discussion. She alleged that the residents illegally tried to block her.

In a counter-complaint, Sunanda has accused Prathibha of assaulting her and abusing others. The Surathkal police have registered the two complaints.

The residents said the corporator is into vengeance politics. She has failed to repair the road, drains and supply water, they charged.

Meanwhile, Prathibha claimed that the assault was preplanned. “Kodikal area is not facing acute water crisis. I have been responding the woes of the people. The water is supplied through three tankers in my ward daily. The residents have abused by passing lewd comments and assaulted me.”

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