MP: BJP MLA Caught On Camera Slapping Constable; Case Registered Against MLA
BJP MLA Champalal Devda, from Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh, has been accused of slapping a police constable at the police station in Madhya Pradesh’s Udaynagar district on Thursday. A case has been registered against the MLA.
As per reports, the MLA barged into the police station late on Thursday night and slapped the police constable Santosh Ivanati twice, over an argument between his nephew and the police officer. A video of the incident, which was caught on CCTV has surfaced on the social media.
As reported by the News18, the incident took place when MLA Devda’s nephew arrived at the police station and entered a restricted area where two accused were kept. The nephew took a water bottle from one of the accused, following which the cop questioned him. Both, nephew of the MLA and the cop entered into an argument.
Afterwards, accompanying his nephew, Dewda rushed to the police station, slapped the constable Ivanati and hurled abuses at him for questioning his relative’s action.
A case has been registered against the MLA and those who accompanied him to the station under Sections 353 (preventing a government servant from discharging his duty), 332 (assaulting public servant) and other relevant offenses of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), reports The Indian Express.
The police offier stopped the MLA for some checking. After that, we got a report that MLA slapped one of our officers. Case has been registered & investigation is underway: Anshuman Singh, SP Dewas on reports of a police constable beaten up by BJP MLA in Dewas. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/kuO84o70Pn
— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2018
Another version of the story has come from the MLA’s side. Talking to media on Friday, the MLA denied beating up the constable.
He has claimed that his son and nephew had gone to the market and some thief fled with their scooter. When the two approached the police, the officers misbehaved with them.
“When I entered the police station, I saw the officers beating up my son and nephew and I only intervened to save them. Someone has forged the CCTV footage,” claimed the MLA, as reported by News18.
The district’s BJP spokesperson Shambhu Agarwal said to the Hindustan Times that he can make any statement only after “an impartial probe”.
The Logical Indian Take
An elected representative of the people assaulting a police officer at a police station is not something to take lightly. At a time when cases of mob justice and misuse of power are on a steady rise, this action by MLA Devda shows how much this mentality has seeped into the society. We urge the authorities to take appropriate action and set an example.