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Senior official breaks down as MLC Ugrappa takes him to task

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Mangaluru: As MLC VS Ugrappa, who also heads the Expert Committee on Prevention of Sexual Violence against Women and Children, took a senior official to task, the latter broke down some panic during a meet held at the Zilla Panchayat office on Saturday January 23.

Deputy Director of Women and Child Welfare Department Sunder Poojary, was taken to the Government Wenlock Hospital. His condition is now said to be stable.

Ugrappa was in the city to review cases of sexual harassment against women in the district. When he questioned Poojary on the compensation being paid to the victims, the latter appeared clueless. Infuriated with this, Ugrappa told Poojary that an official like him should be thrown to river Netravati. Later he directed Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim to suspend Poojary if he had the power to do so. This led Poojary break down on the spot.

Mangaluru City Police Commissioner M Chandra Sekhar and SP Dr Sharanappa took him to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Ugrappa irked a few for bringing river Netravati into the picture. As he is one of the politicians reportedly supporting the Yettinahole project, a section in the gathering including journalists were miffed with him. However, as they maintained cool, Ugrappa’s statement did not boomerang.

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