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Union minister Maneka Gandhi accused of slapping, kicking forest staff

Approached for comments, Maneka told reporters outside Parliament, "I am not even answering things like this."

By: Press Trust of India | Pilibhit (up) | Published: May 12, 2015 7:26 pm
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Union minister Maneka Gandhi has been accused of slapping and kicking a forest staff in Mala forest range of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve while police on Tuesday said that they are looking into the complaint.

“We are going into the complaint against the minister,” a senior police official said, adding that no FIR has been lodged in this connection.

Approached for comments, Maneka told reporters outside Parliament, “I am not even answering things like this.”

In the complaint with Gajraula police, forest department employee Rooplal alleged that Maneka had slapped and kicked him after she got annoyed seeing a jungle fire while on her way to Puranpur to attend a function on Sunday.

Rooplal complained that the Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare stopped at Garha forest barrier in Mala forest range when she saw residue of wheat crop being burnt in adjacent fields.

She lost her cool and held him responsible for it, he alleged. The deputy forest ranger present on the spot fled sensing trouble, leaving Rooplal to fend for himself, he claimed.

He alleged that the minister got angry with him and hit him.

Rooplal narrated the incident to Minister of State in Uttar Pradesh government Riyaz Ahmad and District Magistrate O N Singh, who were attending a rifle shooting competition.

Singh had said if the forest employee lodged a written complaint, he would get the matter probed.

Ahmed said assaulting a government employee was condemnable.

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    Suren
    May 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm
    Maneka is one person who stays out of any controversies and dragging her into this is a ploy to malign her. Someone commented in here whether animals are more important than human beings. We need to understand that we humans are also part of nature and we are not above it. For our greed, we keep cutting forests in the name of expansion and what will it eventually lead to? Probably drought and other natural disasters.
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      avi
      May 13, 2015 at 3:27 am
      An ex towel model, rejected and ousted by the Dynasty, i.e. Mrs Sanjay hi, aspiring to seek a high pedestal for her self and her son !!!
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        Ips
        May 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm
        now the poor fellow has to prove that he was slap by Minister.As per report The minister has objected burning of farm waste.The minister should know that majority of villagers used farm waste to cook food.the gober of milch animals is principle material being utilised for house hold purpose.It seems the value of DOGS,cats are more valuable to minister then Humanbeing
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          Karunakaran
          May 13, 2015 at 3:49 am
          This is BJP's toilet tissue. Needs to be discarded as quickly as possible.
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            ASHOK KUMAR
            May 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm
            Good job done by Menaka hi . She is doing exactly what BJP stands for .
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