Mangaluru, April 20, 2020: Belthangady BJP MLA Harish Poonja has courted controversy by stating that the police must shoot down those who assault medical staff, lest such incidents will not stop.
He was referring to the Padarayanapura incident where local residents created ruckus and attacked health workers who had arrived to take people to quarantine facility.
The Belthangady MLA had tweeted in this regard as below : "This is the time to create awareness by raising hands against those who fail to mend despite polite appeals. The medical staff are risking their lives to check Covid-19. They are striving for the health of everyone, there is nothing wrong if those who attack such people are shot at. Home Minister, please give the police to use their power during occasions."