Published On: Wed, Mar 30th, 2016

Assault by MLA: Maharashtra secretariat staff call off protest

Mumbai: Maharashtra government employees working at the Mantralaya, the state secretariat, today called off their protest against the alleged assault on an official by an Independent MLA.

Achalapur MLA Bachchu Kadu

Achalapur MLA Bachchu Kadu

The Mantralaya employees had gone on a flash strike yesterday to protest against the incident and demand action against the legislator.

The protest continued today, with the staff assembling in Mantralaya, seeking action against Achalapur MLA Bachchu Kadu, against whom an FIR has been lodged.

However, in the evening, the Mantralaya staff decided to call off the protest. The agitation has been put on hold till April 4.

“It is not alright to hold people of the state to ransom because of one MLA,” Mantralaya employees union president Ramchandra Dhanawade said.

Earlier, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse announced an enquiry by the Chief Secretary into the alleged assault.

“The chief secretary has been asked to submit a report and we shall take action based on the recommendations,” he said.

Kadu, along with a clerk Ashok Jadhav, hag gone to meet B R Gavit, Deputy Secretary, General Administration Department yesterday. He was insisting that Jadhav be allowed to continue to stay in the government quarters and be alloted additional accommodation, in violation of norms, a Mantralaya official said.

The officer apparently refused to entertain his demand. An infuriated Kadu allegedly abused and hit him hard on the head, the Mantralaya official said.

Reacting to the episode, Kadu told reporters that the government was supporting an officer who harassed people.

“Instead of taking action against me, the government should act against such officers. What I did is for the common people,” he said.

A three-term MLA from Achalpur in Amravati district, Kadu, back in 2009 had also assaulted a clerk in Mantralaya after he had refused to release an order.

Making a statement in the Assembly today, Kadu denied having assaulted the official.

“I did not beat him. Had I beaten him, I would have said so. If such false allegations are being levelled, should we (legislators) stop going to Mantralaya,” he asked.

“Jadhav wanted to continue living in the quarters for two more years on medical grounds. I was trying to explain this to him (Gavit),” Kadu said.

“Organised ‘dadagiri’ (intimidation) (by government officials) should stop,” Kadu said, making a reference to the protest by the Mantralaya staff over the incident.


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