Slamming the assault of civic officials by top BJP leader Kailash Vijayavargiya's son Akash Vijayavargiya, the Congress on Wednesday has demanded action from the police against him. The assault happened at Indore, Madhya Pradesh in broad daylight, Congress has said that the very character of the BJP has been exposed.
Currently, a case has been registered against Akash Vijayavargiya under section 355 and 188 of Indian Penal Code. Congress leader Shobha Ozha slammed the BJP for allowing such violence to continue saying:
"This is a really shameful act displayed by a person who was elected to power by the people. This is not the first such incident as there is a violent history of such cases displayed by the BJP for the last 15 years. This fight, too, is a reaction of the ongoing tussle between the mayor of Indore and Kailash Vijayavargiya. I would like to remind the BJP that their violent regime in Madhya Pradesh is over and the Kamal Nath government will punish anyone who tries to take the law into their hands", she said.
In a shocking incident of physical brutality, BJP MLA Akash Vijayavargiya was caught on camera thrashing civic workers in broad daylight at Indore, Madhya Pradesh on 26 June.
Civic officials had visited the area to tear down a building as a part of the anti-encroachment drive following which Akash Vijaavargiya appeared at the scene and started to physically assault the officials, as BJP party workers joined him in the beating.
Video of the assault shows Akash chasing and beating the officials with a cricket bat, slapping them and tearing their clothes. Visuals reveal the MLA verbally abusing these officials as the police officials stand mum, watching him mount the attack on the officials. He used police lathis and kicked the officials. The police, who initially looked on, controlled the agitated MLA after much of the beating had taken place. The BJP workers joined the beating, following their leader, in chasing the officials.
Following the goondaism that was witnessed on the streets of Indore, Republic confronted Akash Vijayvargiya over his brazen attack. In retaliation to which, the BJP MLA blatantly stated that 'he will not back off' and that he is a 'voted MLA and will do anything'
He said, "Indore Municipal Corporation is behaving like gundas, they are in tie-up with Congress leaders. I am a leader chosen by the people. I will not back off from the attack. I have been voted by the people to serve them. I will do whatever it takes even if it means lifting a bat and stopping officials. I stand by my actions."
He further stated that 'gangs were dragging women out of the houses by their feet and women police were not present there following which people chased the officials and beat them'. He said that he would be filing an FIR against the officials.
On asking Akash's father - BJP West Bengal chief and BJP National Secretary Kailash Vijayavargiya about the incident leading to the arrest of his son, he said, "I do not have any knowledge of this incident. I have no comment to make on this issue." He maintained the same response despite repeated attempts to get a reaction from him.