A "disgruntled" Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Saturday tried
to hit Karnataka Housing Minister V. Somanna in the state
secretariat with a sandal but was restrained, police said.
The man, identified only as Prasad, was immediately overpowered by
Somanna's staff, roundly thrashed and handed over to police.
Prasad, said to be in his 30s, carried a BJP worker identity card
and was waiting to meet Somanna outside the minister's office on
the third floor of Vidhana Soudha, the secretariat building in
As Somanna emerged from his office, Prasad tried to hit him with
his sandal, police said.
Somanna later told reporters that he was not hit.
Eyewitnesses said Prasad shouted that he was "fed up with the
government for not helping" him and would attack all ministers.
Somanna said he remembered the man had come to meet with some
request two weeks back. "I had not seen him after that," he said.
Following the incident, Home Minister R. Ashoka held a meeting
with senior police officials to tighten screening of visitors to
Hundreds of people visit the secretariat every day as it houses
the offices of the chief minister, ministers and senior officials
of various ministries and departments.