Bhopal, June 26: The Indore Police has arrested BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, after a video went viral showing him assaulting an official of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC). The arrest came shortly after the police registered a first information report (FIR) into the incident.
As per the incident caught on camera, Akash joined locals protesting against the civic body's demolition drive in Ganji compound area. When the IMC official were firm on going ahead with their task, an infuriated Akash could be seen beating one of them with a cricket bat. Watch Video of Akash Assaulting the Municipal Official.
According to eyewitnesses, even as locals were protesting razing of a house, Akash, who was a part of the protest, warned the team of civic body staff of consequences if they do not leave the spot.
At the same time, the MLA's supporters removed the keys of the earth moving machine brought along by the civic body team to carry out demolition, they said.
Amid heated exchange, Akash Vijayvargiya brought out a cricket bat and started hitting an officer who was talking over his mobile phone, an act recorded on camera. Supporters of the MLA also attacked the officer and abused him while police personnel present at the spot tried to bring the situation under control.
After the incident, Akash, who represents Indore-3 Assembly Segment, went to MG Road Police Station along with his supporters, where local BJP leaders joined them. Meanwhile, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) employees held a demonstration by stopping their work.
Akash said he had spoken to the municipal commissioner and sought extension of stay for the tenants in that house, which authorities claimed was dilapidated.
"The house was not in that bad condition. Some officials of the municipal corporation are razing even those houses which are in good condition by declaring them dilapidated. This is a conspiracy between owners of the houses and officials. They want to raze the houses so that leaders of the ruling Congress can take possession of the land. We are opposing this," the MLA said.
Condemning the incident, state Congress spokesperson Neelabh Shukla said, "The lawmaker himself has broken the law. The incident has exposed the real face of the BJP. In a way, the incident has exposed the fissures within the BJP, as the IMC is represented by a BJP mayor," he said.
(With PTI inputs)