Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty stabbed in Bengaluru office

Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty stabbed in Bengaluru office

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, accompanied by his Cabinet colleagues Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, City Development Minister K.J. George and Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil, and senior police officials rushed to the hospital.

Karnataka lokayukta P Vishwanatha Shetty was stabbed in his office in Bengaluru.

Police have arrested the assailant Tejraj Sharma and rushed the Lokayukta to a private hospital.

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"Criminals have reached the Lokayukta office".

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the hospital.

Police sources said the assailant made an entry in a register at the entrance of the Lokayukta's office stating he was an advocate and wanted to present a complaint. He had a big weapon in his hand. "So you can see what kind of security Siddaramaiah government has provided us", he told news agency ANI. "Everything about his background will be investigated".

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The supposed culprit has been named as, Tejas Sharma, and according to some reports he was facing inquiry in multiple cases.

On being asked about the identity of Sharma, Reddy said there is no link of his affiliation to any political party. It has been found that the accused had complained against 15-17 public servants in connection with supply of furniture.

'The man was immediately detained, Bengaluru Commissioner of Police T Suneel Kumar told reporters here.

"The gunman was standing guard outside Shetty's chamber and the CCTV is also installed, Siddaramaiah said, adding, ".

Hours after Lokayukta Justice Vishwanath Shetty, his relative in Udupi expressed serious concerns over security and said that if an official like the Lokayukta could be attackd in his office, how could ordinary people feel safe.

"There was no bar for anybody". According to the Times of India, the metal detector at the office is out of order. "How can we say there has been a security breach", Mr Kalappa was quoted as saying by NDTV.

A former judge of the Karnataka high court, Justice Shetty was appointed Lokayukta in January 2017 after the post had been vacant for a year.

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