Corporator seen with ‘gun’ at civic meeting
A corporator had allegedly carried a revolver to the BMC head office when he had come to attend the general body meeting, reports Sujit Mahamulkar.india Updated: Feb 26, 2009 01:00 IST
A corporator had allegedly carried a revolver to the BMC head office when he had come to attend the general body meeting on Wednesday.
Barudgar Aziz, a Congress corporator from Santacruz, was seen carrying a revolver in his back pocket. But he denied that he had his revolver with him.
“I have my licensed revolver but I did not have it with me today. People would have confused my mobile phone for a gun, as I kept mobile phone in my back pocket,” said Aziz, a developer.
A Sena corporator said a corporator could carry a licensed revolver in the building but not in the corporation hall.
“After 26/11 attack, the BMC head office has become a sensitive place and carrying a revolver in the hall, where 227 corporators with the mayor and officials sit, is a serious security lapse,” he said, not wishing to be named.
More than 50 corporators have licensed revolver for self-protection. Opposition leader Rajhans Singh, Congress corporator Sameer Desai, Aslam Shaikh, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Kaptan Malik, Shiv Sena corporators Prakash Sawant, Shashikant Patkar are corporators who have a licensed revolvers.
They hand over it to their security guards or keep them in the party office before entering the civic general body meeting.
Kaptan Malik said: “I carry a revolver because there is a threat to my life from anti-social elements.” Kaptan is a brother of minister in the state Nawab Malik.
Deputy security officer Veer said that they would have to first confirm whether Aziz was carrying the revolver in the general body meeting. “If it is proved that he was carrying one, then we will seek legal opinion about the further action,” he said.