Indore: In a near reply of Rohan Saxena case, a BJP corporator Jitendra Choudary and his supporters allegedly manhandled deputy municipal commissioner Lokendra Singh Solanki and his subordinates when they attempted to demolish illegal portions of a restaurant in Palasia area on Sunday. The supporters of the corporator even tried to attack media persons covering the incident but police swung into action and prevented their bid.
Removal gang armed with JCB had gone to remove encroachments in Palasia area on Sunday. After demolishing three illegal structures when the IMC team reached Riddhi Siddhi restaurant, Choudhary asked them not to raze encroachments by the eatery.
When Solanki stated that they had instructions from the municipal commissioner, Choudhary told him that he would talk to the commissioner and asked Solanki to leave.
However, Solanki denied going back until the encroachments were removed, which led to heated argument between Choudhary supporters and IMC officials taking a violent turn later. The corporator’s supporters allegedly got physical and hurled abuses on the IMC team. Choudhary also manhandled Solanki.
When camera men from media were capturing the incident, Choudhary’s supporters asked them to turn off their cameras. When they denied, the corporator’s supporters moved towards the media persons but police present on the spot immediately swung into action and chased away the supporters.
On learning the incident, Indore-5 MLA Mahendra Hardia also reached the scene in support of the restaurant owner. However, he cleared off after learning that Choudhary and his supporters manhandled IMC officials.
Mayor Malini Gaud trivialised the matter stating that Choudhary and Solanki both have been warned not to indulge in such types of act in future. The municipal commissioner stated that Choudhary had manhandled Solanki but this time mayor had forgiven him. Nearly a year ago, supporters of a BJP corporator Sapna Chouhan had slapped additional municipal commissioner Rohan Saxena when he was barricading a service road near Radisson Hotel.