BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya's son - and the party's MLA in Madhya Pradesh - was Wednesday arrested for attacking a civic body official with a cricket bat, after a heated argument over a demolition drive. A video of the assault went viral on social media, after which police filed an FIR against Akash Vijayvargiya and 10 others in connection with the assault, an official said.
Akash went about beating up the officer even as media persons surrounded him with cameras and recorded the entire incident. Justifying his action, Akash said, "In the BJP, we have been taught, pehle aavedan, phir nivedan aur phir danadan. (first request and then attack)."
Eye-witnesses said the locals were protesting against razing of a house when Akash, who was a part of the protest, warned the civic body staff of consequences if they do not leave the spot.
His supporters even removed the keys of the earth moving machine brought in to carry out the demolition, they said. Amid heated exchange, Akash brought out a cricket bat and started hitting an officer who was talking over his mobile phone. The MLA's supporters also attacked the officer and abused him while police personnel tried to bring the situation under control.
Soon after the incident, Indore Municipal Corporation employees held a demonstration by stopping their work. Akash said some civic officials were razing even those houses which are in a good condition, by declaring them as dilapidated.
"This is a conspiracy between owners of the houses and officials. They want to raze the houses so that leaders of the ruling Congress can take possession of the land," he said. Condemning the assault, state Congress spokesperson Neelabh Shukla said, "The lawmaker himself has broken the law. The incident has exposed the real face of the BJP."
#WATCH BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya (son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya) being taken to court, after he was arrested for thrashing a Municipal Corporation employee in #Indore. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/RxWsHGDPrN— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019
#WATCH Madhya Pradesh: Akash Vijayvargiya, BJP MLA and son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, thrashes a Municipal Corporation officer with a cricket bat, in Indore. The officers were in the area for an anti-encroachment drive. pic.twitter.com/AG4MfP6xu0— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019
In the viral video, the police officer who was present during the attack, is later seen trying to stop the BJP MLA but failed as Akash and his supporters continue to hit the man. Following the hooliganism of the BJP leader, police personnel from three nearby stations along with the area SSP arrived at the spot to control the situation.