Daijiworld Media Network - Sullia (SP)
Sullia, Mar 1: A resident of Bellare in the taluk has been arrested for allegedly using abusive words against state energy minister D K Shivakumar.
The accused has been identified as Giridhar Rai, a resident of Bellare here, and former president of Ballare traders' union.
It is said that Giridhar had made a phone call to minister Shivakumar, frustrated over unscheduled power cuts in his area. Despite several tries he got no response, and when finally the minister did answer, Giridhar expressed anger at the power situation in his area.
Giridhar reportedly got engaged in a verbal duel with the minister. It is said that he used derogatory words against the minister during this conversation.
Minister Shivakumar then disconnected the call and informed the town police in Sullia.
The police swung into action and visited Giridhar's house to arrest him, but he refused to open the door, sources said. The police personnel then forced the door open and arrested him.
Giridhar was produced in the court on Monday February 29 and remanded in judicial custody.