The video shows BJP MLA from Bagli constituency, Champalal Dewda, barging into police station and beat up constable Santosh Ivanati over the feud between his nephew and the cop
The Hush Post: Another leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come into news for wrong reasons. An MLA from the saffron party from Madhya Pradesh has been caught on a video clip that shows him slapping a police constable inside the Uday Nagar police station in Dewas district of the state.
The BJP MLA from Bagli assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh, Champalal Dewda, is seen barging into the police station late on Thursday night and beat up police constable Santosh Ivanati over an argument between his nephew and the police officer, a report said.
The trouble reportedly began when MLA’s nephew reached the police station and entered a restricted area where two accused had been kept. The nephew took a water bottle from one of the accused, following which Ivanati questioned him. It made the nephew furious and he entered into an argument with the constable and later informed his MLA uncle, the report said.
After getting a phone call from his nephew, Dewda immediately reached the police station, slapped Ivanati and hurled abuses at him for questioning his relative’s action. This incident was caught on CCTV cameras installed in the police station. Dewda was later booked along with his two associates on the complaint of the constable, the report said.
However, MLA Dewda denied beating up Ivanati along with his associates. The MLA said his son and nephew had gone to a market and a thief had decamped with their scooter. “As the two chased the thief, he fled the spot dumping the vehicle on the spot. When the two approached the police, officers misbehaved with them,” Dewda was quoted as saying.
After this incident, the local BJP leaders in Dewas gave a bandh call on Friday against police action, it was reported.
“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,” Dewda was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile Congress spokesperson Sangita Sharma said that even the policemen are not safe in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh. “Every section of the society was harassed in CM Shivraj’s rule,” Sharma was quoted as saying.