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Maharashtra: Policeman thrashed by MLAs suspended

Mar 25, 2013 04:59 PM IST Politics Politics
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Mumbai: Relenting to political pressure, Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryavanshi, who was allegedly thrashed by five MLAs of the Maharashtra Assembly, has been suspended till the departmental inquiry in the incident is completed. Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil made the announcement of the suspension in the Assembly on Monday.

The department inquiry has been ordered following allegations that Suryavanshi misbehaved with MLA Thakur and used abusive language.

Meanwhile, MLAs Ram Kadam and Kshitik Thakur, who were among the five MLAs who had been suspended till the year end for assaulting Suryavanshi last week, were granted bail on Monday.

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).