Man who slapped addl municipal commissioner in Indore arrested

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 18:01 IST
Supporters of BJP corporator Saroj Chouhan stage protest at divisional commissioner’s office in Indore on Monday. (Arun Mondhe/JHT photo)

The Indore police on Monday arrested the man who had allegedly slapped additional municipal corporation commissioner during a protest against blocking of Radisson Square service road a few days ago.

He has been identified as Radha Kishan Jaiswal. In fact, Jaiswal surrendered before the police on Monday and eased things for the police who had been under pressure to arrest him even since he slapped additional municipal commissioner Rohan Saxena.

Saxena had come to Radisson Square to resolve the issue, but talks snowballed into a fiery argument between the residents and corporation staffers which led to the incident.

Six people including the BJP corporator Saroj Chouhan and her husband Raghvendra were arrested on the complaint of Saxena on the day the incident.

Later, other BJP corporators claimed that the arrests reflected arbitrariness of the police department. A senior BJP leader said the person who slapped the officer should be arrested not the corporator and his husband.

Reacting to the allegation, a senior police officer said, “On the basis of the complaint registered by additional commissioner we have lodged an FIR. The intention of the mob led by the corporator was to beat the officer. In the video , the corporator had not restrained from attacking the officer which reflects the common intention of the mob.” The police officer said if such things gained momentum then government officials would be at great risk during protests led by political leaders. He said nobody should be spared as the case involved an attack on an officer on duty.

BJP forms panel to probe service road closure

Senior BJP leaders have decided to form a two-member fact-finding panel to probe the dispute regarding sealing of a service road near Radisson Blu Hotel that resulted in additional municipal commissioner Rohan Saxena being manhandled by a supporter of woman BJP corporator Saroj Chouhan.

A five-member committee will also be formed to look after IMC’s operation. Senior BJP leader and former city mayor Krishna Murari Moghe and city BJP president Kamlesh Sharma will look into the details of the incident and submit a report to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

This has come as a shock to currently serving mayor Malini Gaud, who otherwise has sole authority over IMC’s affairs. Senior leaders say the decision has been taken to silence corporators and BJP members accusing Gaud of being autocratic regarding IMC’s operations.

Admin, police should have consulted us: BJP

The local BJP unit is miffed over the fact that the police arrested woman party corporator Saroj Chouhan and four others on complaint filed by Indore Municipal Corporation despite the party governing the state and the Corporation.

“Administration and police should have consulted us before taking this step. The woman corporator has no criminal background. How could she be picked up at night and jailed?,” city BJP president Kailash Sharma told HT.

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