Mumbai: Two MLAs of the Maharashtra Assembly, who were arrested for thrashing a policeman inside the Assembly building, were granted bail on Monday. MLAs Ram Kadam and Kshitik Thakur were amog the five MLAs who had been suspended till the year end for assaulting Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryavanshi last week.
However, the MLAs had been demanding that action be taken against the policeman instead. The Maharashtra Assembly was adjourned after MLAs created ruckus in support of the suspended MLAs.
Suryawanshi had allegedly stopped Thukur's vehicle a day before he was beaten up on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link when the MLA was on his way to attend the Legislative Assembly Session. Thakur was reportedly fined because his vehicle had exceeded the speed limit. There was an altercation between the legislator and the policeman, during which, the latter allegedly misbehaved with the MLA.
Following the incident, the policeman was thrashed at the entrance to the visitors gallery in the House, by a group of legislators including Thakur, Kadam, Rajan Salvi (Shiv Sena), Pradeep Jaiswal (Independent), among others.
The accused had been booked under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation).
Suryawanshi had said in a statement he was attacked by the legislators after he had come out of Legislative Council Deputy Chairman Vasant Davkhare's office on the first floor and was sitting on a bench, about to leave for the canteen.
(With Additional Inputs from PTI)