Citizens are furious with their legislators for thrashing the traffic policeman in the state assembly premises.
The proof comes from the huge response to an online petition initiated on Wednesday, which asks political parties to dismiss the legislators involved in the attack.
Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner, said he received 350 signatures within six hours of initiating the online petition.
“We have decided to not vote for political parties if they fail to dismiss the accused leaders. Such behaviour is unacceptable. Nobody has the right to attack policemen,” Gandhi said.
The online petition demands the disqualification of the MLAs from the House. “Citizens must not let such leaders have control over us. There should be votes on the basis of issues, rather than caste and creed,” he said.
Indrani Malkhani, trustee, V-Citizens Action Network, who signed the petition, said: “Political leaders are taking law into their own hands. Violence against law enforcers is a shame to society.”
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded the Maharashtra police stop protecting VIPs. Party members plan to take a delegation to meet the police commissioner and DGP, asking them to focus on keeping the streets safe.
“We’ll assure them our support if they refuse protection duty of VIPs,” said Preeti Menon, AAP member.