The police in Amravati booked Congress MLA Yashomati Thakur (38) after she, along with her party colleagues, assaulted a constable on Saturday when her vehicle was stopped for allegedly violating traffic rules.
Thakur, however, lodged a counter-complaint with the police.
Police sources said the MLA, who was also national general secretary of the youth wing of the party, was agitated when traffic constable Ulhas Raurale stopped her vehicle from entering a one-way in Amravati, 150 km west of Nagpur.
Raurale tried to impress upon the MLA and her driver that they could not be permitted to take the one-way. However, the legislator pulled up the constable by reminding him she was an MLA and that he should know his limits and the consequences of his action.
When the driver attempted to speed away, Raurale tried to stop the vehicle. It was then that Thakur slapped him. Following this, party members who were accompanying her also beat up the constable. A gathering in the area came to the policeman’s rescue.
The constable and the locals asked the police control room for assistance. As soon as the police arrived, the MLA’s car left the scene.
Later, Raurale lodged a complaint with the police against Thakur and her supporters for allegedly violating traffic rules and assaulting a public functionary. Thakur dismissed the allegations and said the constable had asked for a bribe of Rs 5,000 for allowing the vehicle on the one-way. “When I introduced myself as a Congress legislator, he abused me and my driver for allegedly violating traffic rules,” she said.
Thakur also lodged a counter-complaint with the police. “There is no board that shows the area is one-way,” she said.
The MLA alleged that the Amravati police was not taking any cognizance of the complaint. “I have also made a complaint with the local anti-corruption bureau (ACB) against the police constable,” she further said.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Amitesh Kumar, the commissioner of police (CP) said that the complaint of Thakur seems to be afterthought. “However, we are investigating the matter,” he said.
Kumar said that the MLA and her supporters slapped the constable in front of several people and they have made the statements with the police accordingly.