Bangalore: A senior Karnataka BJP minister was
on Saturday beaten with a slipper by his own party worker in full
public gaze in the well guarded state secretariat, apparently
venting his anger on him for not helping him become head of a
state owned board or Corporation.
The assailant, B S Prasad, a small time civil contractor
accosted Housing Minister V Somanna as he emerged out of his
room in Vidhana Soudha and hit him with his slipper, police
"What have I done to you. Why did you beat me with a
slipper?," a stunned Somanna asked Prasad, who entered the
secretariat after procuring an entry pass on a recommendation
letter by BJP office, saying he wanted to visit the Chief
Angered over the attack, Somanna`s supporters rained blows
on Prasad, as police personnel took Prasad into custody and
whisked him away.
Bangalore City Police Commissioner Jyoti Prakash Mirji
asserted "there is no security lapse". He said the accused had
gained entry with a valid visitor`s pass from the security
wing and attacked the minister with his slipper.
Mirji who met Somanna said police would investigate the
"I have met him only twice so far. This seemed to be his
second visit to my office. Earlier he had sought a letter of
recommendation, which I obliged. But I do not know the reason
for the attack", Somanna told reporters later.
Somanna said he did not see any reason for the attack,
even as Prasad was heard saying "I can`t disclose it".
The minister wanted police to tighten security in Vidhana
Home Minister R Ashoka summoned Mirji and other senior
police officials and discussed the incident with them.
Speaking to reporters later, Ashoka condemned the attack
and said surveillance cameras fitted in Vidhana Soudha had
captured the entire incident and that a probe was on.
Ashoka said Prasad hails from Thyamagondalu in Bangalore
rural district and reportedly belongs to Lingayat community,
from which Somanna also hails.
"It is true Prasad secured a letter from BJP office to get
security pass for his entry into the Vidhana Soudha and did
not have any weapons on his person", he said.
Prasad told police he had campaigned for Somanna in the
Govindarajanagar assembly constituency in the city in last
Police have booked Prasad under various sections of
IPC 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt),
353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from
discharge of his duty, 355 (assault or criminal force with
intent to dishonour person, 504 (intentional assault to
provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Prasad told police in his statement that he wanted to be
appointed to one of the Boards or Corporations by the BJP
government and had sought Somanna`s help.
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, who is in Delhi at the
the BJP National Executive spoke to Somanna.