Ex-corporator ‘consumes’ poison during press meet

Accuses ministers Dinesh Gundurao, George of foisting false cases.

Published: 07th April 2018 06:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th April 2018 06:33 AM   |  A+A-

Former corporator V Nagaraj being taken to the hospital after he attempted suicide by consuming poison in Bengaluru on Friday

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Former BBMP corporator and history-sheeter V Nagaraj alias Naga, attempted suicide by consuming poison while addressing the media accusing KPCC working president Dinesh Gundurao, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George and several police officers of subjecting him and his family to mental torture.

Addressing reporters at the Press Club of Bengaluru on Friday, he alleged that Dinesh Gundurao, George and others were trying hard to ensure that he won’t contest from Gandhinagar Assembly constituency in the upcoming election and thus were filing false case against him. While claiming he was a “100% winning candidate” and thus Dinesh Gundurao was trying to threaten him by various means, including using police to file false cases against him and his sons, Nagaraj took out a pesticide bottle from his pocket and gulped a few drops, before his associates and a few journalists tried to snatch the bottle from him. He was  rushed to a hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

In a press note that was headlined as ‘death note’, Nagaraj stated that fearing defeat in the polls, Dinesh Gundurao had managed to file nine false cases against him and opened history sheets against his two sons Gandhi and Shastri - both students.

“There is a gang of 80 persons, including 50 policemen, who are troubling me and my family. I had planned to hold a press conference soon after my release on bail in September last year, but the police and politicians threatened me. Since the day I was released, they are mentally torturing me and my family. They spoke to me over phone every day and forced me to leave Karnakaka and settle in Tamil Nadu. They demanded that I should sell my property to them for just 20% of the market value. They threatened me they will book me and my son under KCOCA and Goonda Act if I reveal to anyone about the false cases filed,” he stated. In the list of 80 persons who he claimed are responsible for his suicide, he named Dinesh Gundurao, his wife Tabu, George, some corporators and former corporators, IGP Hemant Nimbalkar, his wife Anjali Nimbalkar, DCP (West) Ajay Hilori, and around 45 other cops, including ACPs and inspectors, and other private persons.

Police had raided Nagaraj’s house in 2017 and seized `14.8 crore in demonetised notes. A few days after the raid, Nagaraj had released a video CD levelling allegations against the Police epartment and claimed that the money found at his house belonged to IPS officers and CM’s Special PA. Even last week, he was arrested in connection with a complaint filed by his sister-in-law and was released on bail.

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