It seems that Shiv Sena legislator Rajendra Patni in Nagpur believes in instant justice! In an act, in which he and his supporters turned violent, was essentially for "people’s cause".
Patni and his men beat a revenue clerk at Karanja Lad in Washim, a sleepy township in western Vidarbha, some 250 kms from Nagpur on the pretext that the clerk does not work and takes bribe for any work.
According to reports reaching in Nagpur, the employees of the revenue department went on a pen-down strike on Tuesday in protest against the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the "rowdy" legislator, who represents the Karanja constituency in the state assembly.
The legislator and his supporters stormed the Tahsil office on Monday afternoon and enquired about Anant Kondapalliwar, an office clerk, who looks after the single-window section. It was said that the clerk was not at his seat as he went to a local bank to withdraw his monthly salary. This angered the legislator and his supporters.
Patni did not stop at that. He went to the Tahsildar’s office and reportedly warned tahsildar Prakash Raut that he and his supporters would not tolerate such an "indifferent attitude" of the revenue office employees.
When Kondapalliwar returned, Patni and his supporters confronted with him and beat him with chappals mercilessly. "He is often absent from his duty and insists for bribe from the people for any work. There are lots of complaints against him and people are agitated with his way of functioning. The incident was an outcome of the peoples’ anger," Patni claimed.
On the other hand, employees of the office were annoyed that the police did not act against the legislator despite he and his supporters beat Kondapalliwar in front of several people and office employees.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Kashinath Malwarikar, the additional superintendent of police, Washim district, said that offences under sections of 353 and 332 of the Indian Penal Code were already registered against the Sena legislator late Monday night.
"We are investigating the case and an appropriate action would only be initiated against the guilty if prima facie evidence suggests so," he pointed out.