Karnataka Minister D Sudhakar among three others booked under SC/ST Act after woman alleges abuse,assault

Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)

The Yelahanka police have registered an FIR against planning and statistics Minister D Sudhakar among three others for allegedly encroaching a piece of land by force .

Based on the complaint on Sunday,the police have charged Sudhakar and others charging them under SC and ST Prevention of atrocities Act and also under section 427 (mischief to cause loss or damage),143 (unlawful assembly)147 (rioting) 447 (criminal trespass) 323 (voluntarily causing hurt).

Mr. Sudhakar who is said to be partner in a real estate company had allegedly encroached upon a piece of land belonging to Ms.Subbamma and allegedly assaulted her daughter when she objected .

Even though there was a case pending before the court over the dispute of the land, the accused barged into her property and demolished the house and assaulted the family members.The accused also abused the victim family using her caste,she said .

The victim also approached social welfare department seeking help before approaching the police to file a complaint.

BJP leader and former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said Mr.Sudhakar should immediately step down if it is a case under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

He wants the police to treat the accused Minister just like any other person facing such charges.He warned that Dalits in Karnataka would stage a protest if the police yield to political pressure.

Ridiculing the ruling Congress, he said, “Congress leaders always talk of Dalit welfare. But the act of a Minister in the Congress government is anti-Dalit.”