Law and order collapsing in Karnataka, allege BJP members

Bangalore, Jun 25: Flaying the Karnataka government for "inept" handling of a case involving a top IPS official, opposition members, including BJP, created a ruckus in the Assembly and sought to move an adjournment motion to discuss "deteriorating" law and order situation in the state.

"The Ravindranath (Additional DGP) controversy has proved the law and order situation has collapsed in Karnataka and Home Ministry has lost control over the administration," Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar (BJP) said.

Raising the issue, Shettar said never in the past had the law and order situation deteriorated so much with several controversies dogging the police department.

Shettar alleged that the government had allowed the erosion of credibility of the police force by mishandling the Ravindranath controversy. ADGP Ravindranath has been accused of taking "objectionable" pictures of a woman in a coffee shop here recently using his mobile phone and CID, which probed the allegation, has reportedly confirmed that he did so.

A section of Karnataka State Reserve Police, which he headed then, had hit the streets protesting that he was being framed while he had accused Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar of being involved in the effort.

Apart from the Ravindranath controversy, Shettar also referred to the brawl between policemen and jail inmates which broke out in a Mangalore district prison recently.

"Some policemen were injured after they were attacked by jail inmates. This incident reflects the inefficiency of the government to handle the situation," he added.

Highlighting these incidents, Shettar sought to move an adjournment motion, which led to pandemonium after ruling Congress members rallied behind Home Minister K J George. Intervening, Speaker Kagodu Thimappa said the issue would be discussed under another rule.


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