Congress workers drag, brutally thrash ex-serviceman in Jabalpur; hospitalised

Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh: Congress workers brutally assaulted an ex-serviceman working as a security guard with the encroachment branch of the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) in Jabalpur. The guard has been hospitalised in a serious condition with injury marks on his body. BJP state president Rakesh Singh visited the victim in the hospital after the attack. The JMC employees went on strike after the incident.

The retired serviceman, Harish Patel, was deployed with the encroachment branch of the municipal corporation on Monday evening. Congress leader Shakti Chaukse came there along with over half a dozen workers and pulled out Patel from the room and beat him brutally. The JMC staff rushed to rescue him after hearing the commotion and took the injured guard to Victoria Hospital. Meanwhile, the assaulters fled from the spot. The Congress workers also threatened the JMC health officer and other staff before escaping from the spot.

The incident

On January 17 evening, there was a brawl outside Shubhankar Apartment at Wright Town during removal of a damaged auto parked on the roadside. JMC employees had lodged a complaint against Congress city general secretary Shakti Chaukse for causing obstruction in the government work, while Chaukse had alleged the JMC staff attacked him with the butt of the gun. Both groups had filed complaint at Madanmahal police station. Chaukse had allegedly threatened JMC staff of dire consequences.

Cong workers crossed all limit: Rakesh Singh

BJP state president Rakesh Singh said that some Congress workers who accompanied Jabalpur’s in-charge minister Priyavat Singh beat up an ex-serviceman working as a security guard. “The Congress workers have crossed all the limits. It’s shocking as well as shameful that an ex-serviceman has been attacked by the supporters of those who are running the government in the state. Entire law and order situation in the state is in tatters,” he said.

SP Jabalpur Amit Singh said that assault occurred due to an anti-encroachment drive carried out by the JMC.