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High drama on Maharashtra assembly premises

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 21, 2013
First Published: 01:08 IST(21/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:10 IST(21/3/2013)

Despite two MLAs being named in the police complaint filed in connection with the assault on a police sub-inspector in Vidhan Bhavan premises on Tuesday, no arrests were made on Wednesday.

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The two accused MLAs are Ram Kadam from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Kshitij Thakur from Bahujan Vikas Aghadi. Fourteen other have also been charged in the FIR .

Five MLAs, among others, allegedly thrashed traffic police sub-inspector Sachin Suryavanshi in state legislature premises on Tuesday, a day after he stopped and penalised a vehicle occupied by Thakur for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sea link.

There was a lot of drama and action in the state legislature premises, with the state Assembly suspending all five MLAs for the attack and a police team entering the complex while the Assembly was in session and following the two accused MLAs.

Sensing trouble, the MLAs approached speaker Dilip Walse Patil, who summoned the police officers for entering the premises without his permission.

“The speaker inquired if they had sought permission to enter the premises, which is governed by the speaker,” alleged a minister. Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said as per the law, the police do not require permission from the speaker of Vidhan Sabha or Vidhan Parishad to arrest any of its member involved in a criminal case.

“As per the law, police need to inform the speaker within 24 hours of the arrest of an MLA/MLC,” said Roy, who has handed over the probe to the crime branch (unit 1).

The crime branch has obtained CCTV footages from Vidhan Bhavan and is getting photos enhanced to identify those involved, sources said. “Two clips have established that a brawl took place in the lobby of Vidhan Bhawan, but those need to be studied before those involved can be identified,” an official said.

The crime branch has also called for CCTV footage of the argument on the Bandra-Worli sea link, which instigated the attack on Suryavanshi.

Kadam and Thakur are said to have offered to surrender at Marine Drive police station at 11 am on Thursday.

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