Days after two BJP councillors in Rajkot were stripped of all posts following accusations of shielding illegal construction in return for protection money and a third one facing suicide abetment charges went missing,ward number 6 councillor and city BJP
general secretary Anil Rathod was arrested on
Friday for rioting and threatening a man.
B-Division police station arrested 40-year-old Rathod,a builder,along with his 20-year-old son Paras,his brother Pintu
and two nephews allegedly for attacking the car of
one Deepak Rathod (35) and causing injuries to his wife and three-year-old daughter.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the councillor had warned Deepak not to enter his area (his ward) following a dispute between them over a piece of land near Aji dam site that former had purchased from him and developed into a residential colony.
Around 7 pm on Thursday,Deepak,along with
his wife and daughter,arrived in his car on Sant Kabir Road. When he parked his car opposite Ganthiya store,Anil arrived there with other five persons and attacked the car with wooden sticks. He then asked Deepak why he had come into this area? said the police,adding Anil was also likely to register a case against Deepak for attacking him.
Last week,an audio CD surfaced with the purported voice of ward number five councillors Suresh Raiyani and Babu Udhreja,indicating they took protection money from residents of Suhit societies for saving their houses from the RMCs demolition drive. After the revelations,the BJP relieved the two from their posts in the RMC and within the party.
Another BJP councillor,Chagan Bhorania,went missing a few days ago after her daughter-in-law Maya attempted suicide alleging harassment from in-laws.