'I had nothing to do with it'

 Replying to questions by reporters in Bangalore, Reddy said the Congress and JD(S) have conspired to tarnish his image in the Tappal Ganesh assault incident.

 Ganesh was not instrumental in getting the boundary survey in mining areas. The timing and the manner in which the assault was carried out only strengthened his doubts that it was designed to prejudice the central survey team present in Bellary.

Perhaps, the “conspirators” also wanted to create an impression that law and order in the State has been deteriorating, Reddy said.

Replying to a question, he said the “involvement of the so-called victims in the conspiracy” could not be ruled out.

Police will act: CM

Replying to queries from reporters on the incident, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa said in Bangalore that he will direct the police to take action against those involved.

“Nobody will be allowed to take law into their  hands”, he said but evaded a direct reply on why the law and order situation in Bellary has reached such a state. “I will seek a detailed report on the incident”, he said.

To a query on the government’s recent decision to withdraw cases registered against followers of Reddy brothers, Yeddyurappa said, “Do not link the two. They are different issues.”

RVD wants SP out

KPCC president R V Deshpande said Bellary Superintendent of Police Seemanth Kumar should be immediately transferred out of the district as he had failed to ensure protection to Tappal Ganesh.

In a letter to Home Minister V S Acharya, the Congress leader said police searched Ganesh’s house on Sunday without a warrant.

“After the incident, Ganesh contacted me expressing fear over his life. I spoke to the SP and asked him to give police protection. The SP had told me that a constable has been appointed to give security to Ganesh. If proper security was given he would not have come under attack,” Deshpande said.

Gowda to write to PM

JD (S) leader H D Deve Gowda said he will be writing to the Prime Minister and the Governor seeking dismissal of the BJP government and the imposition of the President’s rule on Karnataka.

He told mediapersons that the assault on Tappal Ganesh demonstrated the deteriorating law and order in the State.

“In order to protect two or three ministers from Bellary, the government is allowing entire administration to collapse. Honest officers and citizens are not allowed to speak out or act. Various reports given by the Lokayukta and Human Rights Commission are gathering dust,” Gowda said.

In Bellary, mining is leading to looting of the State Exchequer. People opposing such illegal acitivitesare targeted. “Without hesitation Article 356 should be invoked. A letter to this effect will be written to the Prime Minister and the Governor”, he said.

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