The Congress party's Bharat Bandh protest against high fuel prices in the country was thrown into fresh controversy, as after 1984 riots accused Sajjan Kumar led the party's bandh enforcement protest in New Delhi's Rajender Nagar, in Bengaluru, pub attack-accused Mohammad Haris Nalapad was also fielded.
Nalapad, who is out on bail in the pub attack case where he allegedly brutally beat up a 24-year old at a restaurant in the Karnataka capital, was seen not only being a part of the Congress' protest but also sharing the dias with his father NA Haris.
Despite having been expelled by then KPCC chief G Parameshwara for 6 years, Mohammad Haris Nalapad was spotted wearing a Congress party muffler as he participated in the protest with gusto. Out on conditional bail, Nalapad was spotted standing on a moving platform while trying to maintain his balance. Leading the protest against the rising fuel prices, Haris greeted the workers who were chanting slogans against the Modi government and he was given prominence for doing so.
Earlier in June, his bail plea was rejected by a city court, and then, by the High Court. Republic TV had also learnt that he was seemingly enjoying VVIP privileges while in jail, being allowed to have more visitors than is allowed. Republic TV had also accessed the medical report of the assault victim which revealed the full ferocity of Nalapad's alleged attack.
Also on Monday, a similar controversy broke out in Delhi when 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Sajjan Kumar was seen leading the protest at Rajender Nagar.
When Republic TV attempted to speak to Sajjan Kumar, he ducked the questions thrown at him and repeated the word "Sorry" 17 times in 19 seconds. He also tried to patronise Republic TV's reporter by making a physically demeaning gesture towards him. Not only this, one of his aides also accosted Republic TV's reporter.
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When the Congress party was questioned regarding the same, Ajay Maken refused to give a direct answer and said:
"Let's talk about Bharat Bandh".