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Magistrate to probe attack on official

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Source The Hindu
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has agreed to order an inquiry by a magistrate into the attack on the Chief Engineer of Irrigation, North Zone, Belgaum, S.S. Khanagavi, here on July 3.

This was announced by Minister for Water Resources Basavaraj Bommai who was here to hold talks with the agitating staff of irrigation and other departments here on Sunday.




Mr. Bommai, who spoke to Mr. Yeddyurappa over telephone, said that the Chief Minister had agreed to fulfil demands such as an inquiry into the incident, transfer Circle Inspector S.M. Nagaraj (Camp Police Station) and Sub-Inspector Pradeep Yadvin (APMC Police Station), and apology by BJP MLA Abay Kumar Patil to Mr. Khanagavi.

However, later addressing presspersons, he said that the demand for Mr. Patil’s resignation had been conveyed to the president of the State unit of the BJP, D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

Mr. Bommai said that after reviewing the sequence of events that led to the “planned attack” on Mr. Khanagavi and hearing the statements of eight eye witnesses, he felt the need for an impartial inquiry.

The incident had posed a question to the integrity and impartiality of the Government, he said.

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