Maha cop beating footage unclear: Govt

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 18:11 hrs

The probe into the cop beating incident in the Maharashtra Assembly received a jolt as state Home Minister RR Patil on Friday said Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage in connection to the matter was inconclusive.

He said the footage could not clearly identify those who were involved in the incident.

"The CCTV footage is not clear. The people in the footage can´t be clearly seen or identified," Patil told reporters.

Patil on Monday said Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryavanshi, who was allegedly thrashed by two state MLAs, has been suspended.

Suryavanshi has been suspended till the departmental inquiry in connection to the case is completed.

Announcing the suspension of Suryavanshi in the Maharashtra Assembly, Patil said initial inquiries suggested that the cop used inappropriate language against Bahujan Vikas Party MLA Kshitij Thakur.

A Mumbai court on the same day granted bail two Maharashtra MLAs who were arrested for thrashing Suryavanshi on Mar 19.

Both Ram Kadam and Kshitij Thakur were granted bail on a surety of Rs. 15,000 each.

The MLAs will have to appear before the Mumbai Crime Branch once a week, reports said.

Kadam and Thakur had surrendered before the Mumbai Police on Mar 21.

A First Information Report (FIR) was recorded against Kadam, Thakur and 14 others on Mar 19 for allegedly thrashing Suryavanshi inside the state Assembly premises.

Five Maharashtra MLAs were later suspended from the state Assembly till Dec 31 for allegedly thrashing Suryavanshi.

According to reports, Kshitij Thakur, Ram Kadam, Rajan Salvi, Jaikumar Rawal and Pradeep Jaiswal allegedly slapped and punched Suryavanshi.

The legislators reportedly got agitated following Bahujan Vikas Aghadi MLA Kshitij Thakur´s accusations against the cop of breach of privilege and allegations that he had also abused him.

While several political members demanded the suspension of the cop, some of them rushed to the visitor´s gallery and allegedly thrashed him.

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