The Congress councillor who defected to the BJP and got elected as Mayor of Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) Pravin Patel Tuesday lodged a complaint against nine Congress workers for assaulting him inside the GMC building. Based on Patel’s complaint, Sector 7 police have registered a criminal case against the nine accused and arrested four of them. Patel has been admitted at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital.
In his FIR, Patel has named nine Congress workers, including two women, for assualting him. The nine include Shailendrasinh Bihola, Padmaben, Suryasinh Dabhi, Dr Kaushik Shah, Nishit Vyas, Durgesh Gadhvi, Jayaben, Ishwarbhai Desai and Tejabhai Desai. They are facing charges for rioting, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidation and preventing a public servant from discharging his duty.
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According to Sector 7 police, the alleged incident happened Tuesday on floor no 4 of GMC. Patel, police added, has alleged that the nine had as part of a conspiracy attacked him while keeping enmity against him for defecting to BJP.
Meanwhile, Sector 7 police have arrested four of the nine Congress members who allegedly assaulted Pravin Patel. The four include Shailendrasinh Bihola, Suryasinh Dabhi, Dr Kaushik Shah and Nishit Vyas. Investigating officer K M Priyadarshi confirmed this and said that the four were formally arrested after they presented themselves before police.
Patel who won the election of GMC from Ward No 3 on Congress ticket had staged a surprising defection while joining BJP minutes before the general board meeting of elected members on May 6. In the same meeting, he was elected as Mayor of GMC with the support of BJP.
Sector 7 police inspector K M Priyadarshi who is investigating the case said that Patel was admitted at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital and his condition was not serious. He added that further investigations were on.
Meanwhile Bihola, who was Congress candidate for Mayor’s post, refuted the charges levelled against them.
“We had a party programme at GMC building and therefore we had gathered there. When we were leaving GMC, we came face-to-face with Patel on Floor No. 4. There we had a minor scuffle, but there was no assault. All the charges are false and being a law-abiding citizen, I will be going to police station to present myself,” Bihola added.