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UP minister slaps boy at blanket distribution function

Pawan Dixit, Hindustan Times  Varanasi, December 30, 2013
First Published: 15:04 IST(30/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:12 IST(30/12/2013)

Uttar Pradesh PWD minister Surendra Patel slapped a boy and was heard cursing a crowd that had gathered at his residence to receive blankets being distributed by the government.

As the news about blanket distribution spread, a large number of people assembled at Patel’s residence in Rajatalab area on Sunday.

But as the supply of blankets exhausted, the crowd became restive and Patel’s security guards and private staff had a tough time controlling it.

Danda lao. Maro salo ko (Beat them with sticks),” Patel swore at the crowd, while asking his security personnel to beat them up with sticks.

A photo of PWD minister Surendra Patel hitting the boy at a blanket distribution function in Rajatalab, Varanasi. (HT Photo)

As he lost his cool, Patel pushed a teenager and slapped him on the back of his head. The youngster had come face to face with the minister by chance.

During the entire episode, the minister kept on shouting at the crowd and at times attempted to hit the people.

Patel, Samajwadi Party’s MLA from Sewapuri constituency, could not be contacted for his comments.

No senior SP leader is willing to say anything on record about the incident.

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