In fresh trouble for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi Police have booked party MLA from Delhi Cantonment Surinder Singh, his driver and an employee for allegedly abusing and beating up a worker of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Tuesday evening.
According to the police, the incident happened at around 6.30 pm, near the Race Course Road signal, where some NDMC employees were conducting routine checks.
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“An NDMC worker asked a vegetable vendor, Rinkoo, not to park his cart near the signal. Suddenly, AAP MLA Surender Singh intervened and started arguing with the civic workers. A fight ensued, during which the MLA’s driver and employee beat up an NDMC worker. The MLA verbally abused the NDMC worker over his caste and threatened him with dire consequences,” said Vijay Singh, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), New Delhi district.
“The NDMC employee, Mukesh, was injured in his left eye. He was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and was later discharged,” added the DCP.
A case has been registered against three people — the MLA, his driver and employee — at the Tughlaq Road police station under sections 332, 353, 367, 186 , 511, 506 , 34 of the IPC and under section 3(10) of the SC/ST Act.
Singh, meanwhile, claimed that neither had he abused the NDMC worker, nor did his driver and employee assault him. He claimed that the NDMC workers were thrashing the vegetable vendor, and he had merely tried to stop them.
“Around 6.15 pm, I saw NDMC workers of the health and enforcement department manhandling the vendor. They were slapping him. His cart had been pushed to one side and the vegetables were scattered on the road,” he told The Indian Express.
Singh added, “The NDMC workers were demanding Rs 3,000 from the vendor.
I questioned him over the act, but did not get a proper reply. We never beat up anyone. There were around 20 of them, why should we beat them?”