Petition to Conduct CBI Enquiry into Murder of Dr J A Mathan

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Deception: Indrani Mukherjee Murdered her own daughter Sheena to Cover up the Stigma of Bearing Illegitimate Children

Sheena murder case: First ‘husband’ denies marrying Indrani
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Guwahati| Updated: Aug 30, 2015 16:07 IST
The person believed to have been Indrani Mukerjea’s first husband has denied having married her.

Guwahati-based advocate Bishnu Prasad Choudhury, son of a medical officer, admitted on Sunday that he had an affair with Pari Bora – Indrani’s maiden name – briefly in 1986.
“But we never married at the Kamakhya Temple, as has been reported or discussed,” he told a local Assamese TV channel at his residence in the city’s Ulubari locality.
Kamakhya is a popular place for solemnising Hindu marriages in Assam.
“She was in Cotton College and I was in the University Law College. Our relationship was like those of other young people during college days. It was for a very brief period, three-four months before she was sent to Shillong (100 km south of Guwahati),” Choudhury said.
The University Law College was in the Cotton College complex then.
He denied any knowledge of Pari having been sexually assaulted at home, as has been reported via her associates in Mumbai. At least she never mentioned it, he added.
“I heard she used to meet a Bengali man while studying in Lady Keane College (Shillong). I hear now that his name was Siddhartha Das,” Choudhury said.
The advocate also said he was willing to cooperate with Mumbai police with anything related to the Sheena Bora murder case, though “I am not remotely connected”.
Choudhury hoped his past would not affect the bonding he enjoys with his family.

The revelation of the year -- 1986 -- of his relationship with Indrani somewhat attests Mikhail Bora's claim that he was born in 1990, a year after Sheena. Mikhail is Indrani's son from, as per the birth certificate he handed over to the police, Siddhartha Das.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Central Crime Branch - A den of Crime Abetment and Not a Place for Crime Detection

Central Crime Branch - A den of Crime Abetment and Not a Place for Crime Detection
The Central Crime Branch of the City police is in the eye of a storm following Pune-based businessman Ripon Malhotra’s alleged suicide on June 29 in Ashwini Nagar in Viveknagar police station limits.

His suicide note is an expose on the rot that has set in in the specialised crime branch, which was set up in 1971 with two police inspectors to assist local police in detecting cases of organised crime.

Four decades down the line, the CCB, with seven assistant commissioners of police, has become a power centre and, as many in the department themselves say, a “mafia den”.

Till very recently, postings in the CCB were reportedly up for bids, with the highest bidder getting plum posts. The hydra-headed growth of the CCB is the story of Bengaluru’s manic urbanisation, escalating land costs and the subsequent rise of the land mafia, which allegedly thrived on the blessings of their ‘friends’ in the CCB.

Besides land, illegal entertainment joints like live bands, massage parlours and dance bars, which were nothing but trafficking and prostitution dens also found their godfathers in the Branch, which was mandated to curb organised crime.

The underworld, which extorted protection money from vulnerable land-owners, bar girls and owners with one hand, paid huge hafta money running into lakhs of rupees to the “bosses”, who were accessible in the CCB and helped them run their illicit rackets, with the other.

The builders, who made a killing overnight in the booming real estate business, latched on to police officers and offered them a hefty share of the booty – land or prized flats in their luxury apartments.

The CCB, which is headed by the Police Commissioner and investigates cases on memos issued by him, even threw the chain of command to the wind and bypassed immediate seniors who refused to join hands.

Things will have to change now following Malhotra’s alleged suicide note, in which he has made very serious and damning allegations against the CCB top brass – Deputy Commissioner D. Devaraj and the former police commissioner of being “recovery agents” and demanding huge sums of money from him.

The Viveknagar police have registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Whether they will book an abetment case under Section 306 IPC is not known.

Malhotra’s post-mortem reportedly states “hanging” as the cause of death, but his anguished statement in the suicide note that “crime cannot finish (sic) if police become criminals” is a damning indictment of the ‘police mafia’ by a dying man.

Extortionist Police Ex-Police Commissioner Mirji and D Devaraj: Ripon faced police pressure just days before suicide

Extortionist Police Ex-Police Commissioner Mirji  and D Devaraj:  Ripon faced police pressure just days before suicide
Jul 4, 2013
BANGALORE: Stockbroker Ripon Malhotra, 54, who committed suicide after alleging that some top cops of the city were demanding Rs 7 crore from him, appeared to have been under intense police pressure in the last couple of days before his death, sources privy to the developments revealed.
DCP D Devaraj
Malhotra was found hanging in his house on Saturday. A suicide note written by him that surfaced later alleged that DCP (CCB) D Devaraj and the then commissioner of police were acting as recovery agents and trying to extort Rs 7 crore from him, leaving him with no alternative but to end his life.
Jyothiprakash Mirji
The stockbroker, who allegedly owed crores of rupees to several investors, had said in his note that he was detained by CCB police on June 27. He had arrived earlier in the day from Mumbai, CCB police confirmed. They also claimed that a CCB inspector had served a notice on Malhotra in Mumbai the previous day.

But what's intriguing is why the CCB police turned the heat on Malhotra as late as June 26 when duped investors had lodged a complaint against him as early as February 18. A FIR was registered in this regard on February 18. In fact, the city police commissioner's office had transferred the case from the Whitefield police to CCB on April 3.

A Times of India check with authoritative police sources revealed the sudden action on the Malhotra front came after a veteran politician from Davanagere mounted pressure on a senior city police officer.

"The politician's son is said to have invested crores of rupees with Malhotra. Following his downfall, Malhotra began to lie low, which irked the politician's son. He brought the matter to the notice of his father, who directed the top police officer to retrieve his son's investment," the sources said.

Responding to a TOI report that the city police had got Malhotra to issue blank cheques to chosen investors, after which the accounts were cleaned out, Devaraj said, "We never took blank cheques from him. Instead, one of our inspectors gave Malhotra Rs 2,000 when he said he had no money for food also. Malhotra texted a message to the inspector, thanking him for his gesture."

Devaraj also denied that the police trip to Mumbai was financed by select investors. "The inspector who travelled will get his expenses reimbursed by the department, while Malhotra purchased his ticket using his debit card."

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Commissioner of Police Jyothiprakash Mirji and Corrupt Police involved in Extortion: 'Cops forced Ripon to issue blank cheques'

Commissioner of Police Jyothiprakash Mirji and Corrupt Police involved in Extortion: 'Cops forced Ripon to issue blank cheques'
Jul 3, 2013
BANGALORE: The bank accounts of stockbroker Ripon Malhotra, 54, who committed suicide last Saturday had been cleaned out after police allegedly forced him to issue blank cheques in favour of select investors, police sources said.
Ripon Malhotra
Malhotra's suicide note had alleged that DCP (CCB) D Devaraj and the then commissioner of police were acting as recovery agents and tried to extort Rs 7 crore from him, leaving him with no alternative but to end his life.

"The Central Crime Branch of the city sent a team to Mumbai to bring back Malhotra. The flight expenses had been met by some persons who had filed a police complaint against the stockbroker. After Malhotra's arrival in the city, he was made to sign blank cheques which were handed over to select investors," said the source.

An investor from Davanagere told TOI he had invested in Malhotra's company after he met him there in 2011. "At first everything was rosy. After the recent turbulence in the share market, investors took a hit. Some approached city police who were of little help. But they found that some other investors from Bangalore had managed to recover their investments with the intervention of city police," he said.

A senior police officer said it was a case to invoke Section 306 (abetment to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. "When ordinary citizens are hauled up under the section on allegations they abetted someone's suicide, why are police officers being spared?" he wondered.

City police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar, who took charge on Sunday, said the case is a sensitive one. "I cannot comment at this stage until I see records," he added.

CM orders CID probe

Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday ordered a CID probe into Ripon Malhotra allegation that he was harassed by DCP (CCB) D Devaraj and the then commissioner of police who had demanded he give them Rs 7 crore or face cases.

Meanwhile, B G Jyothi Prakash Mirji, ADGP and principal secretary, home department, who was the commissioner of Bangalore police till Saturday, has gone on one month's leave, home department sources said. On Monday, Mirji had denied knowing anything about Malhotra.

Malhotra, a Pune-based businessman, claimed to be an IIM-B alumnus and CEO of Rippsons Groups of companies that was into broking, entertainment and media, among other things. Malhotra had incurred huge losses during the recent downward stock spiral and owed investors crores of rupeess. He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his house in Ashwini Layout, Ejipura on Saturday afternoon.

After his suicide, a four-page note purportedly by Malhotra to the chief minister, surfaced. The note referred to harassment and extortion efforts by top police officers.

Jyothiprakash Mirji, D Devaraj: Senior police officials in Bangalore mentioned in suicide note

Senior police officials in Bangalore mentioned in suicide note
Former City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji and Head of City's Central Crime Branch (CCB) D Devaraj found themselves in the dock following a suicide note written and posted to Chief Minister's office by a stock broker alleging harassment by the police officials before committing suicide last Saturday.
Handing the Baton: Ex-Police Commissioner of Police Prakash Mirji
The deceased Ripon Malhotra, in his five page suicide note, alleged that Devaraj, forced him "to pay up Rs 7 crore or die".

Mr Devaraj allegedly acted like a "recovery agent" and threatened to foist cases against him and put him behind bars if he did not pay, Mr Malhotra said in the letter. Even the Police Commissioner reportedly threatened him with dire consequences and even misbehaved with his staff, he alleged.

The Vivek Nagar police, who are investigating the suicide case, said they need to verify whether the letter was written by Mr. Malhotra. "We will subject the letter to examination by Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) to analyze the hand writing, the police said.

Mr Malhotra had committed suicide at his rented house in Ejipura on Saturday by hanging.

Senior police officials are now tightlipped about the matter. "We have not received any communiqué from the CM's office", a senior police official said

Saturday, 22 June 2013

ACP Subbanna ex-cop Adugodi Police Station booked Under Section 306 (Abetment to suicide)

High drama at police HQ as couple attempt suicide
Bangalore - DH - 20 June 2013 - 1:41am
High drama was witnessed at the State police headquarters on Nrupathunga Road here on Wednesday when a couple, in their 30s, attempted suicide by consuming poison. They even administered the lethal substance to their two teenage children. But timely medical aid foiled their plans.

What took the police aback, however, was the allegation by the couple that a retired ACP had driven them to attempt suicide. Just hours earlier, the couple told reporters at the Press Club that Subbanna, who retired as ACP a month ago, was "foisting"false cases on them.

K Mahesh Bhupathi (38) and his wife Dakshayini (32) — the couple from Arakere village of Tumkur district who attempted suicide — alleged that Subbanna "cheated and harassed us".

The retired ACP had assured the couple of negotiating a settlement between Dakshayini and her half-brothers over a property dispute. "We had to take this extreme step as our pleas for justice went unheeded," they said at the press conference.

Subbanna, however, denied the allegations and claimed that he was "victimised" by the family. He said that as a police officer, he only tried to negotiate a settlement among a divided family. He admitted to assuring Dakshyayini of settling the issue amicably. "But it could not be reached as both the parties refused to give some concessions. Dakshyayini is behaving as if the dispute is now between me and her, and her half-brothers are not involved," Subbanna told Deccan Herald.

The couple, along with their 16-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, arrived at the police headquarters in the evening. Then all of a sudden, they consumed poison and collapsed. A few policemen deployed nearby rushed to their rescue and took them to St Martha's Hospital just opposite the road. Dr Praveen, who attended to the family, said that all the four were out of danger.

Kamal Pant, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said that the case would be investigated in earnest. When asked if a probe would be initiated against Subbanna based on the couple's allegation, Pant said that since the ACP was retired, the jurisdictional police would take action. "No special probe is needed," he told this newspaper.

A case under Sections 309 (attempt to suicide) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC read with Section 34 (common intent) has been booked against the couple. Besides, Subbanna has been booked under 306.

'Sweet talk'

Dakshyayini filed a civil suit before Tumkur Civil Court in 2010, against her half-brothers, Kantharaj and Somashekhar, over the division of ancestral property. Subbanna, who was then the circle inspector at Tumkur, "sweet-talked" her into resolving the issue out of court, Dakshayini alleged. He even got her to file an affidavit, withdrawing the case.

But Subbanna "betrayed" her later. "He asked us to give up the claim and even threatened to kill my husband in an encounter. Worse still, he would give my husband's supari to rowdies," she claimed.

In May 2011, Dakshayini's half-brothers "forcibly administered" her poison and got a policeman to drop her off at her house. "They wanted to get me killed and blame it on my husband. Subbanna and my half-brothers conspired together and cheated and harassed us," she stressed.

According to Dakshayini, things came to a head a fortnight ago when she sought Subbanna's help in resolving the issue. "He was brash and told us he doesn't care if hang ourselves to death," she said, adding that her family ran from pillar to post for justice and landed in debt trap.
Categories: Bangalore News

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Blaming ex-cop ACP H S Subbanna Adugodi Police Station, four drink poison

Blaming ex-cop ACP H S Subbanna Adugodi Police Station, four drink poison
20th June 2013
A couple and their two children attempted suicide at the office of the Director General of Police office on Wednesday evening due to alleged torture by retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Subbanna and other police officers over a land dispute.

Daakshayini (32), husband K Mahesh Bhupathi (38), daughter Vidya (17) and son Chandan (11), residents of K R Layout in Tumkur, consumed poison at the office of Nrupathunga Road. They collapsed near the reception around 4 pm after handing over a complaint letter.

They were immediately shifted to St Martha’s Hospital opposite the DGP’s office. All are in the ICU and the doctors said their condition is critical.
Mahesh Boopathy, Dakshayani, Vidya and Chandan

Prior to the incident, the couple called a press conference and alleged that retired ACP Subbanna had ganged up with Daakshayini’s brothers and cheated them. Further, the family said in a press release: “We are being tortured so much that we have decided to commit suicide by drinking poison in public. We hope we will get justice through a CID inquiry at least after our death.’’

The family had complained earlier against Subbanna and Daakshayini’s brothers Kantaraju, Somashekhar and Amaresh, and other police officers in Tumkur over a dispute involving land worth `20 crore.
ACP Subbanna
They had approached the Tumkur SP, the Bangalore commissioner, the DGP, the home minister, the state Women’s Commission, the state Human Rights Commission, the Lokayukta and even the Governor, but got no results, they claimed.

Subbanna told Express: “They think nobody will take action if they complain only against their brothers. They have dragged my name in, in the hope that I will force their brothers to part with the property. Otherwise, I am not involved at all.’’

Additional commissioner of police (law & order) Kamal Pant said: ‘’A complaint has been registered against the retired ACP in Ulsoor Gate Police station. The Investigating Officer (IO) will take further action.’’

The IO, Parameshwara, said: ‘’We have registered a complaint on statements given by Vidya, the daughter of Mahesh and Daakshayini. We still have to take statements of the couple and will take custody of Subbanna if required.’’

St Martha’s hospital staff, meanwhile, informed the relatives of Daakshayini and Mahesh that the charges just for the ICU would be `10,000 a day. Shanmukha, brother of Mahesh told Express: ‘’The family is very poor and they have lost all money and land. They can’t pay the hospital charges. We hope the state government will help us.’’

Shanmukha’s further said: ‘’We requested the police to shift them to Victoria Hospital. But the police are refusing to do this, as they doubt their chances of survival in a government hospital.’’

Friday, 19 April 2013

Rights panel finds boy illegally detained in police station: DCP ravikanthe gowga

Rights panel finds boy illegally detained in police station: DCP Ravikanthe Gowda
December 21, 2011
He has been held for the second time, says police officer

A 16-year-old boy was found by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) illegally detained, handcuffed and chained to a window at the Sampigehalli police station on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the commission received information that the minor had been detained at the police station since December 17. When a team reached the police station, they found the boy seated on a blanket and handcuffed with a leading chain attached to the bars of a window.

In the release, chairperson of the commission Nina Nayak said that the boy appeared to be in pain and showed several fresh bruises on his torso, arms and legs. He said that he was given little food and was chained since Saturday evening. He claimed that he was picked up by the police on December 17 at around 9.30 p.m. near his home at Sadiq Layout, Thaneersandra, when he was going to a pharmacy to purchase medicines. The boy alleged that he was beaten by several police men at the station.

The release stated that the boy’s parents received a call that he was at the police station. When they went there, they were not allowed to meet him. The boy’s father Dastagi, a welder, reportedly produced documents showing that his son was 16.

Mr. Dastagi claimed that his son was an eighth standard school drop-out. He told the commission that the police gave him no reason for picking up his son. The policemen all alleged that the boy had stolen money and three mobile phones.

The commission contacted Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda, who deputed Assistant Commissioner of Police M.N. Chandrappa to look into the matter. When questioned by Mr. Chandrappa and Ms. Nayak, Sampigehalli inspector K. Nanjunde Gowda refuted the claims made by the boy. He claimed that the boy was picked up on Tuesday. However, no complaint against the boy had been received at the station, the release said.

The commission was informed that no diary entry had been made or FIR filed. The inspector also stated that there was another case pending in the neighbouring police station and the boy was picked up for inquiry.

Both the Assistant Commissioner of Police and the inspector assured the commission that the boy would be presented before a member of the Juvenile Justice Board. The commission has directed the inspector to submit records pertaining to the apprehension of the minor by 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A complaint has been lodged at the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission by SICHREM.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ravikanthe Gowda told The Hindu that the boy has been arrested for the second time. He said that the minor was a habitual offender and that he was involved in four theft cases. After the arrest, the stolen goods were recovered from him, he added.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Media, police should be more sensitive toward Dalits, Muslims: Siddiqui. Falsely accused Media Journalist by ACP Nyame Gowda

Media, police should be more sensitive toward Dalits, Muslims: Siddiqui
February 27, 2013
“If I was the mastermind, then why are the others still in jail?”

A day after his release from jail, 26-year-old journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui has accused the police of harbouring an “institutional bias” against the Muslim community. “If I wasn’t Muslim, they would never have held me [on charges of being part of a terror module],” he said at a packed press conference here on Tuesday.
Falsely Accused by Police ACP Halasur Gate Nyame Gowda
Barely able to conceal his resentment toward law enforcement agencies and sections of the media that branded him as the “mastermind” of a terror module, Mr. Siddiqui said: “The media and the police need to be more sensitive toward the downtrodden, Dalits and Muslims. The way the media and the police behaved raises basic questions about their attitude toward Muslims. Muslims are often cast by them in stereotypes. There is an institutional bias which manifests in such cases. This is not just about me; it is about hundreds like me who are in jails [across the country] on terror charges. Muslims are not terrorists.”

He said, “The media forgot the ‘A’ in the ABC of Journalism [Accuracy-Brevity-Clarity].”

Mr. Siddiqui was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Bangalore Police, along with 14 others, in August 2012 on charges of plotting to assassinate prominent Hindutva leaders as well as some journalists. The National Investigation Agency, which later took over the case, found no evidence against either Mr. Siddiqui or Yusuf Nalband in their charge sheet.

Pleading the case of the other 13 still in jail, Mr. Siddiqui said, “According to the [Bangalore] police and the media, I am the mastermind. If I am the mastermind, why are the others still in jail? I hope they too will get justice.” He said journalism was his passion and he wanted to continue. Asked if he would sue the police, he said, “I haven’t thought about that. I want to spend time with my family first.”

He also alleged that the police did not follow protocol during his arrest. “They did not inform our families. They did not tell us what we were being arrested for. They made us sign 30-40 blank sheets of paper. One of these papers was used to create fake, back-dated arrest intimation.”

Mr. Nalband (28), the technician who was released along with Mr. Siddiqui, was reticent during the press conference. He later told The Hindu, “I could not sleep the whole of last [Monday] night. I had all kinds of thoughts. I am not sure if life will be normal again. I am hoping I can get back to my life, God willing.”

He also alleged that the Hyderabad police, who assisted the Bangalore police during the arrests, forced the accused to wear Islamic skull caps before taking them out of the house where they were arrested. “I don’t know why they did that,” he said.

On August 29 2012, five youths were picked up from their homes in a Muslim locality in Bangalore by the Central Crime Branch of the Karnataka police in connection with a terror plot. Once the news went out that among those arrested were Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddique, a journalist from Deccan Herald and a DRDO scientist, Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, and they had alleged plans to kill prominent right leaning persons, it sent shock waves across the state. Now, six months down the line, NIA has filed a chargesheet in the case, not before dropping charges against two of the twelve accused, including journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddique. And as the things stand, the defense counsel of the accused claims that the charges levelled by NIA are mostly not prosecutable in nature.

A total of 25 people have been accused in the case, out of them close to 10 are absconding and have gone abroad, two have been dropped from the chargesheet, and for another two, including the DRDO scientist, the chargesheet is yet to be filed. The NIA, which took over the investigation from the Bangalore police on 25 November 2012, has filed a 65-page chargesheet in which they accuse them of being activists of Lashkar-e-Toiba and HuJI, who had plans to kill journalist Pratap Simha, Vishweshwar Bhat, editor of Kannada Prabha, Karnataka MP Prahlad Joshi and Ganu Jartarkar, an activist of the Hindu Jagran Vedike. Unlike the FIR, the chargesheet also accuses them of having made plans to even target police officers Dayanand (Joint Commissioner-East), Krishnam Raju and ACP Nyame Gowda. Incidentally, Dayanand was the head of investigations in the case before the NIA took over.

The chargesheet rests its case mainly on cyber forensic evidence (mostly email exchanges between the accused), 181 witnesses and confessional statements of the accused. Though, the chargesheet claims that the police had seized two Italian Beretta pistols from the accused from the crime scene, they however, have not been able to establish, from whom the accused purchased the weapon from. In the chargesheet it just mentions that, an ‘unknown person’ gave the weapon. Neither were the police able to explore and trace the entire network of how the alleged terrorists, who happen to be students in the age group of 20s, were able to get such sophisticated weapons. The chargesheet further claims, during the subsequent interrogation of the accused, that they were able to seize weapons from the accused’s house; however, the weapons listed are mostly ‘air pistols’, which the police claim was initially used for target practicing.

While the chargesheet claims that a huge cache of cyber forensic evidence has been procured by the police, including email exchanges and material procured from the hard disk, the evidence produced consists mostly of materials which is commonly available on the internet including, ‘videos of the American occupation in Afghanistan’, books on Islam and religion in general, articles – ‘who are Taliban’, and a general history of ‘French revolution and Great Wall of China’. The chargesheet however, shows a ‘Microsoft word document’, which it claims it intercepted from one of the email exchanges, which has a list of people to be targeted along with their pictures. In the evidence, the chargesheet claims that the actual planning was a coded message wherein the accused had laid out their nefarious plan. Defense Lawyer Sultan Beary says that the coded messages were how the police were reading into it. “They were attending a marriage and most of the conversations are of that,” he said.

The chargesheet also names close to ten people as absconding and residing in the Gulf States. However it is silent on why even after six months, they haven’t been able to extradite any of the accused, including the alleged ‘mastermind’ Zakir alias Ustad (Shaheed Faisal). Neither has the police mentioned whether they made any effort for extradition, and what were its results.

Since the NIA has taken over the case, the charge of ‘waging war against the state’ has also been dropped and they are currently been charged for criminal conspiracy, creating enmity between people and for dacoity.

Whether the police will finally be able to prove their case or if the alleged accused did in fact indulge in anti-national activities, it will take time for the courts to decide. However, it is feared that, by the time a decision will be reached in their case, a couple of years of their life will be lost in prison.

Siddaramaih charges Encounter specialist DCP Ravikanthe Gowda and Police with Hooliganism

Siddaramaih charges DCP Ravikanthe and Police with Hooliganism
Nov 11, 2012
Parameshwar, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar show rare unity at a protest rally.
DCP Central B R Ravikanthe Gowda
Congress party workers were on Saturday thrilled to see a rare show of unity among their leaders, while staging a protest against the ruling BJP’s zero governance.

KPCC president G Parameshwar, leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah and prominent leader DK Shivakumar, who always avoided each other or remained confined to their own groups, displayed solidarity while leading a protest.

Chief minister Jagadish Shettar was heading a dead government, said Siddaramaiah to thunderous applause. Parameshwar added that the BJP does not deserve to rule because the saffron party does not have the ability to govern.

Thousands of Congress protesters, who had gathered at the Freedom Park, jumped with joy when Shivakumar joined the two leaders and attacked the BJP government.

Enthused by the momentum, the three leaders led the Congress workers to lay siege on Shettar’s residence near Golf Course. The procession was stopped near Anand Rao Circle by the police, with great difficulty.

Siddaramaiah charged the police with hooliganism and a verbal duel broke out between him and DCP (North) Ravikanthe Gowda.

The DCP’s attempts to persuade Siddaramaiah were unsuccessful. Siddaramaiah charged that he was a government agent and even tried to climb the barricade, but was pulled down by the police.

An upset Siddaramaiah then staged a protest by sitting on the road. He raised slogans against police high handedness and was later  packed off to a police vehicle.

Then Parameshwar goaded the Congress workers to carry on the protest. He resisted police attempts to take him to custody. He was literally dragged to the police vehicle. The Congress leaders were released later in the day.