An emotional Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, the Congress MLA from Pulakeshinagar, says he’s deeply harm by the assault on his house in Bengaluru’s D J Halli on Tuesday night. The 50-year-old chief’s house – together with two police stations – was the goal of mobs that set fires, broken property and threw stones. The violence left three lifeless and plenty of injured, together with dozens of policemen.
“Why have they attacked my house, I ask? What have I done? Any mistakes? If I have done any mistakes you can go to the police or media. I haven’t done anything. So the attack is very sad to me,” he says.
The violence in India’s IT capital adopted a put up on social media made by the nephew of Mr Murthy – a put up that was thought of deeply offensive by many Muslims.
Mr Murthy mentioned that this sort of violence was definitely not the proper response. Speaking to NDTV he says, “My nephew, sister’s son – whoever it is. Whoever has done it is a mistake which the police will punish. Why they punish my house? What have I done to them? It is very sad. Should not do our house. Have I done any mistake? Front of my house is completely burnt. Nothing is there. All is burnt.”
The MLA says his household was not house through the assault. “My family members are safe. They had gone five minutes earlier to the temple for Krishna Jansmashtami. That was the time that the public have come and attacked my house. As an MLA if they attacked me – why have they attacked my house?” he says.
“I go to my constituency as a brother. Why have they targeted my house. If there is anything, come to me. One lakh voters in my constituencies voted for me. I am a servant. We are all brothers and sisters,” he says.
He says he agrees with many different politicians who’ve mentioned the violence was deliberate and never spontaneous. “It is 100% pre-planned,” he says. “All party leaders are going as brothers here. Why have they targeted me only? Whoever has done this, let the police investigate them,” he provides.
“Outside people have come and caused the whole situation. Whoever it is, let them be punished. I am telling police and government to investigate this,” he says.
Mr Murthy has acquired assist of different political leaders.
“From Congress, CLP (Congress Legislature Party) leaders Siddaramaiah, President D K Shivakumar, George, Ramalinga Reddy, Narayanaswamy, B K Hariprasad – showed support. And Deputy CM Ashwath Narayan, Ashok, Shoba Karandlaje showed support,” he says.
He has a message for the general public. “We are also human beings,” he says. “If we face problems, we will get sad. Public, I am requesting you – Let the police punish whoever has done. Even my sister’s son, Naveen, what he has done, go to the police. Let them punish. Go to his house, go to police. Why have they come here? In my village other houses they also they have broken. Scooters also. Why have they done this?” he says.
“I am telling my constituency, my state people, my country people – nobody should do this kind of violence. It is very bad. My house or any house. Whatever it is, if there is problem they can go to police or media. Go and complain. Why burn my house? I ask all my state people, constituency people. Be cool and calm. No fights. Nobody should go to violence. Shanthi (peace) should be there in my constituency. My constituency people are my brother and sisters,” he provides.