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Vadodara BJP corporator’s son held after found in ‘inebriated state’

In the video, Choksi is purportedly seen grabbing the police complaint book and arguing with the officials over the detention of her son, Krunal, who is also visible in the video.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara |
Updated: January 1, 2022 10:27:04 pm
VadodaraThe accused was identified as Amit Devani. (Representative image)

The Vadodara city police on Saturday arrested the son of a BJP corporator of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) for allegedly being found in an inebriated state during a checking drive in the old city area late on Friday night.

Following the detention of her son on Friday night, BJP leader Jhelum Choksi was seen purportedly seen involved in a heated argument with the police officers of the City Police station in a video which went viral on Saturday.

In the video, Choksi is purportedly seen grabbing the police complaint book and arguing with the officials over the detention of her son, Krunal, who is also visible in the video.

In the video, both Choksi and her son are purportedly seen shouting at the officials when Krunal complains to his mother that the officers have denied him a glass of water. Choksi is seen questioning the police over the delay in giving water to her son, who claims that he is feeling “scared and anxious” and needs water.

Later, Choksi is purportedly seen in the video telling police officials to disperse from the scene, asking, “Why have you all gathered together here? This (being caught inebriated) is not such a big crime that you need to corner him like that…”

When a police officer responds to Choksi and tells her that they are all on duty and can be present anywhere in the police station, an irked Choksi tells them to “go to their respective duty places and carry on with work”.

Later, Choksi, who is also joined by her supporters is purportedly seen in the video trying to free Krunal from the custody of a police officer taking the accused under arrest and threatens, “I am a corporator, you cannot arrest my son by holding him like that… you must leave his hand.”

The officials at the city police station, however, were seen thwarting the attempts of the BJP leader and her supporters in interfering in the procedure.

The police lodged an FIR against Krunal in the wee hours of Saturday morning and later formally arrested him under various provisions of the Gujarat Prohibition Act, 1949.

In the FIR, an Assistant Sub-Inspector, who is the complainant, has stated, “During the night patrol of the area under the jurisdiction of the city police station, a man was spotted shouting expletives in public… He appeared to be in a highly intoxicated state. He was brought to the police station at around 1.30 am and identified himself as Krunal Rakesh Choksi… When the police asked him to produce his permit to consume alcohol, he informed the officer that he did not have a permit. Therefore, he was booked under the Sections of the Prohibition Act.”

Despite repeated attempts, Choksi remained unavailable for comment. Vadodara Mayor Keyur Rokadia of the BJP was also unreachable for comment on the matter.

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