Congress MLA and former Karnataka Minister Tanveer Sait was attacked by a man with a knife at a wedding in Mysuru late on Sunday (November 17) night, police said.
Sait, the 52-year-old Narasimharaja constituency MLA, was immediately rushed to a hospital in Mysuru where he underwent surgery, they said. Hospital sources said that his condition was serious and that he was undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit.
Sources in the family told PTI that they had no clue about the motive behind the attack. “Only Sait can shed some light,” they said.
The attacker was identified as Farhaan Pasha, aged 25 years.
As the five-time MLA Sait was seated at the function, Pasha attacked him and tried to escape but was caught by those at the venue and later handed over to the police. The incident was caught on video at the event.
“Pasha is being interrogated,” police added.
Mysuru police commissioner KT Balakrishna told PTI that police had got vital information and that the investigation was being carried out from various angles. “At this juncture, it is not proper to share details of the investigation…” he said.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa expressed shock and dismay over the incident. “I am deeply hurt after learning about the incident. I have gathered information from the police as well as the deputy commissioner,” Yediyurappa said. He said he had directed the district-in-charge minister of Mysuru V Somanna to rush to the hospital.
The government will bear Sait’s medical expenses, he said, praying for his early recovery.