"At around 10 pm, Mohammed Haris Nalapad walked into the cafe".
Ramesh Gowda friend of Lokanath who visited the hospital soon after the incident said that, I visited the hospital around 1 am on Sunday. "We are trying to track down Nalapad's mobile phone", the Cubbon Park Police said.
An alleged assault on a youth by a group of men led by Mohammed Haris Nalapad, son of Shanthinagar Congress MLA, N.A. Haris here Saturday night, has taken a political turn with the BJP and AAP workers holding dharnas seeking the arrest of the culprits. "The accused may be an MLA's son.but none of them are above the law", he added.
Those arrested so far have been identified as Balakrishna, Arun Babu, Manjunath, Nasi and Arun. Police have also not invoked the grievous attempt to murder charges against Nalapad and have booked him for assault, wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation.
The victim, Vidwat, who is a resident of Dollars Colony in Bengaluru, is reported to have been attacked while he was having dinner at a restaurant in the UB City mall.
"My friend Vidvat had broken his leg four weeks ago and I had chose to take him out for dinner", complainant Praveen Venkatachalaiah told The News Minute.
State JD (S) chief H.D. Kumaraswamy too condemned the assault and said the delay in bringing the culprits to book had given a feeling that the cops were under pressure from the ruling Congress against taking action against the accused.
Currently, Vidvat is recovering at the Mallya Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Congress in damage control mode tried to disassociate Harris's son from the party and assured that law will take its own course. The chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, as well as Nalapad's father Mohammed Haris Nalapad, enunciated thier reaction on Twitter.
The Karnataka Congress on Sunday expelled Bengaluru District Youth Congress General Secretary Mohammed Haris Nalapad for six years for allegedly beating up a person in a restaurant in Bengaluru. Nalapad and his friends reportedly told Vidwath, who had a plaster on one of his legs, to "sit properly". Vijay Hadagali was the police inspector then of the jurisdiction Ashok Nagar police station.