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|
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.