The tussle between politicians and police officials escalated further on Friday, as state legislators stalled the proceedings of both the Houses demanding the suspension of senior police officers who had entered the Vidhan Bhavan premises to arrest the MLAs accused of assaulting police sub-inspector Sachin Suryavanshi.
Five MLAs — Ram Kadam, Kshitij Thakur, Rajan Salvi, Jaikumar Raval and Pradeep Jaiswal — were suspended on Wednesday for the assault on Suryavanshi. In his FIR, Suryavanshi had named Kadam and Thakur, after which the police came to arrest them from the Vidhan Bhavan premises on Thursday.
While one of the police officers, who did not have a valid entry pass, was suspended on Thursday evening, legislators said that the action wasn’t sufficient.
Legislators also want the suspension of the five MLAs to be revoked. Prolonged adjournments over their demands eventually led to the adjournment of the day’s proceedings in both the Houses. Both the Houses had, on Thursday, questioned the show of strength by the police department, despite an apology issued by Assembly speaker Dilip Walse-Patil to the people of Maharashtra, police force and legislature.
In the legislative council, NCP member Hemant Takale said, “Initially, the plan was to hold video-conferencing of the two legislators with the judges, instead of producing them in the court. However, the decision was changed under media pressure, leading to their arrests.”
He said, “We will not allow the House to function if the police officers are not suspended.” Members across party lines supported Takale.
Taking note of the demands of the MLCs, home minister RR Patil had ordered an inquiry against Suryavanshi’s alleged misbehaviour with Kshitij Thakur, but had refused to suspend him. He was forced to go on compulsory leave.