STRIKING INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) employees resumed work on Wednesday following the arrest of four persons accused of assaulting City Engineer N S Tomar late on Tuesday, even as the attack continued to make political waves.
A faction of the local BJP leadership, the Opposition Congress and IMC union leaders were all hard at work on Wednesday lobbying for reinstatement of Section 394 (loot) charges, allegedly withdrawn under political pressure, against the
At the centre of it all was district in charge Minister Himmat Kothari, in town for the District Planning Committee meet, who had his hands full dealing with complaints about the partisan attitude of the police and demands that the assailants be booked under Section 353, obstructing a public servant on duty.
All three groups protested that the withdrawal of loot charges, an unbailable offence, had allowed the four accused to be bailed out within minutes of being arrested, thus making a mockery of the whole exercise.
Kothari eventually summoned Superintendent of Police Anshuman Yadav to seek the reasons for the withdrawal of charges and delay in filing a complaint. He directed the top cop to take appropriate steps against the accused.
Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma called on the Minister at Residency Kothi to protest the delay in booking chief accused Manish ‘Mama’ Sharma and his three accomplices. She reportedly attributed the cops’ reluctance to pressure from Public Works Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Soon after, a delegation of IMC union leaders headed by Ramlal Yadav met Kothari to protest the withdrawal of complaint filed under Section 394 (loot) and failure to charge accused with obstructing a public servant on duty.
Meanwhile, members of a BJP faction loyal to Vijayvargiya also landed up at Residency Kothi accusing the Mayor of attempting to ‘frame’ Manish Sharma by having him booked under ‘trumped up’ charges.
A delegation of Congress corporators lead by the leader of the Opposition in the IMC also met the SP demanding that Manish ‘Mama’ Sharma and accomplices - Raju Sonkar, Anand Bhede, and Vikas Sirsiya - be booked under Sections 394 and 353 of the IPC.