As ex-Karnataka minister and senior Congress MLA Tanveer Sait is recuperating from his injuries in the ICU, a new controversy has emerged over the alleged involvement of PFI (Popular Front of India) in the attack.
Sait was attacked with a knife by a man in his 20s late on Sunday night in Mysuru when he was attending a wedding. Initial reports said the attack was because of his personal angst against Sait for him not helping him get a job. Several other theories have also been floated. The accused Farhan, who has been arrested, is reportedly part of PFI.
PFI is the social outfit of the political party SDPI which has been controversial in the past, not only in Karnataka but also Kerala. The outfits have come under the scrutiny of multiple governments over their alleged involvement in organised crime.
The case is being probed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Mysuru Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) M Muthuraj.
Addressing reporters in Bengaluru, Chief Minister B Yediyurappa said, “There were riots in Shivamogga, there were riots in Mysuru. There was also murder, now there is an attack on Tanveer Sait. I ask Siddaramaiah, why is he protecting goondas? Why is he protecting PFI who are involved in murders and hooliganism? By withdrawing all the cases against them, did Siddaramaiah indirectly support the attack on Tanveer Sait? I urge him, the Leader of the Opposition to give an explanation.”
Yediyurappa was criticising Siddaramaiah for his controversial decision as CM in 2015 to withdraw cases of communal violence in Mysuru and Hassan. Those cases were filed when the BJP was in power.
Meanwhile, doctors at the Columbia Asia Hospital where Sait has been admitted since Sunday night, said he is stable.
Addressing reporters in Mysuru, the doctors said, “Today he is a lot better than yesterday. We have stitched the wounds and he could sit on the chair for some time. We have stitched the lower part of the ear as well which was cut as part of the attack. There is no internal bleeding. We don’t need to perform any further surgery.”
They added, “He has to remain in ICU for another 2-3 days. We will shift him to the ward depending on the situation. He can go home after he is treated at the ward for 4-5 days.
The doctors further said that with his condition stabilising, they can arrange for him to be shifted to another hospital if his family wishes