Congress leader who had threatened to set BBMP office on fire, surrenders
Congress leader Narayanaswamy, who had thrown petrol inside a BBMP office and threatened to set it on fire, surrendered before the police on Friday. Narayanaswamy is a block Congress president and MLA Byrathi Basavraj's right-hand man.
In a video that surfaced on Tuesday, Narayanaswamy, a member of Bengaluru Water Board (appointments to the board were personally made by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah) can be seen throwing petrol inside a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office in Horamavu threatening to set it ablaze.
Narayanaswamy is said to have stormed the BBMP office on February 16 after an official refused to process fake documents for a piece of land in NRI layout whose documents were seized by the court. While the officer in question was transferred immediately after the incident, the rowdy politician was allowed to go scotfree.
Narayanaswamy allegedly forced ARO Chenagalrayappa to process documents illegally. When the official refused to concede, an agitated Narayanaswamy landed at the regional BBMP office and threatened to destroy all the files along with the building.
After the video became public, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tore into the Congress government and behaviour of its leaders.
This comes at a time when the Congress is already grappling with Mohammed Haris Nalapad's assault case. Mohammed Haris Nalapad, son of a Congress MLA, had allegedly thrashed a youth in a Bengaluru restaurant. Nalapad later surrendered and is in custody as of now.