BJP MP from Porbandar, Vitthal Radadiya, and two others were booked by Dhoraji police on Monday evening after they allegedly beat up a travel agent following dispute over a shop. However, the MP said he had just driven away a trespasser who was occupying his property “illegally”.
Dhoraji police in Rajkot district registered a non-cognisable offence against Radadiya, Karsan Bharvad and Radadiya’s brother-in-law after Rajesh Mehta, a travel agent of Dhoraji, filed a complaint against them.
Mehta (52) stated in his complaint that the trio slapped and kicked him and damaged his table, chair and telephone when he was sitting outside his office in Galaxy Chowk on Monday.
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After the incident, Mehta got himself admitted to a hospital in Junagadh and filed the complaint at night. “Mehta had taken the shop on rent from one Sharif Sandhi two weeks ago and used to run a travel office out of it.
However, Radadiya is the owner of the shop. The politician had given it to Sandhi about four years ago when he was with Congress and was friends with Sandhi.
Now, they have fallen out and Sandhi rented out the premises to Mehta without informing Radadiya. When Radadiya came to know of this, he forced Mehta out of the shop,” police said.
However, Radadiya said: “He (the complainant) is a strongman and had been occupying my shop illegally.”