Shiv Sena legislator Anil Rathod on Monday allegedly assaulted Kinetic Engineering chairman Arun Firodia, at his office in Ahmednagar, 110 km from Mumbai.
While Rathod was booked for rioting and violence, he also lodged a cross-complaint against Firodia.
Accompanied by his supporters, Rathod had gone to Firodia’s office at around 2 pm to discuss labour issues. Firodia’s factory manufactures automobile parts.
The alleged assault occurred after a dispute over the company’s decision to discontinue the services of some of its workers.
What exactly happened is not known, but both have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Inspector Narayan Shelke of Kotvali police station said offences under sections 143, 147, 149 and 427 have been booked against both Rathod and Firodia on the basis of the complaints registered.
Those sections relate to rioting and violence. Additionally, section 385 (theft) has been registered against Firodia following a complaint by Rathod that a gold ornament of his was stolen.
No action was taken till late in the evening.
Firodia told the media that Rathod came to his office without an appointment and asked why the company had fired the 46 employees.
When told that all 46 had already been reinstated, Rathod abused and assaulted him, Firodia alleged.
This allegedly happened inside Firodia’s office.
Rathod countered that he had been trying to solve labour problems at Kinetic Engineering since the last six months but that management had not responded positively.
He said men belonging to the company had beaten him, torn his clothes and threatened to kill him when he had gone to discuss the labour issue on Monday.
Rathod alleged the company had not paid wages for months and was forcing its workers to move to its Pune plant.