Bengaluru: The Congress has criticized the BJP on social media for not speaking up against the attack on its own Dalit legislator M P Kumaraswamy recently, although the MLA himself has expressed displeasure for the silence.

Mudigere legislator Kumaraswamy was attacked by the people of Kundoor village on Sunday. The locals, who had been protesting with the body of a victim of elephant attack in the village, expressed their anger over the legislator for not taking measures to curb the elephant menace. They were also apparently upset that Kumaraswamy arrived late Sunday evening although they had been protesting since morning.

The BJP MLA said on Wednesday that he was disappointed that Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had not called him at least out of courtesy to inquire about his welfare after the assault. “The chief minister and even former chief minister B S Yediyurappa have called and asked me about my condition, but the home minister has not,” Kumaraswamy said and alleged that he was being sidelined as he was from a Dalit community.

In its tweet in relation to the matter, the Congress on Thursday said that if no member of the BJP had publicly shown dismay at the attack of a colleague, if the home minister had neither called Kumaraswamy nor apologized for the failure of his department, it would only show how little the BJP respected Dalits.

“A BJP legislator has himself said that, given the level of corruption in the Home Department, one could pay and get a desired posting. Does Jnanendra play a role in such corrupt activities? Why else is he silent now? Why else is the BJP silent regardless of the holler raised by an MLA of the party regarding the attack on him?” the Congress has asked on Twitter.

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Kanpur (UP), Dec 3: A 17-year-old vegetable vendor lost his leg after being run over by a train while he was collecting his belongings allegedly thrown on a track by police personnel during an anti-encroachment drive here.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Dhull told PTI that Head Constable Rakesh Kumar has been placed under suspension.

Police initiated an inquiry after several purported videos surfaced online showing the boy lying on the tracks asking for help as policemen and people try to rescue him, a senior official said.

"Prima facie, it appears Kumar showed negligent behaviour," Dhull said, adding that Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kalyanpur) Vikas Pandey has been asked to conduct the inquiry and submit a report at the earliest.

Police personnel had thrown a container of the victim, identified as Arsalan alias Irfan of Rawatpur area, and when he had gone on the railway track to pick it up, he was run over by a train on Friday, Dhull said.

Arsalan lost his right leg and suffered serious injuries to his left leg. He was taken to the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital from where he was shifted to the SGPGIMS where a surgery was performed on Saturday, he said.

Dhull confirmed that several purported videos of the incident have gone viral and police are trying to obtain the mobile clips and pictures. These will help police to establish the sequence of events, he said.

Interacting with reporters, a local, who identified himself as Mohammad Shanu, claimed that the victim lost his leg after being hit by a train when he was collecting his weighing scale thrown on the tracks by police during an anti-encroachment drive.

The victim's father Saleem, an auto-rickshaw driver, told media persons that his son's leg were severed on the spot.