When councillors of Narela zone met on Friday to have a photo-shoot of all members of the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD),little did they know that the event would culminate with a round to the hospital.
Later in the day,a Councillor and Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Narela zone was admitted to a local hospital after both of them allegedly got into a fisticuff.
DC Kuldeep Singh Yadav was admitted with several injuries to his hands,legs and back at Raja Harishchandra Hospital. BSP Councillor Praveen Kumar too claimed to have fractured his hand in the fight.
Talking to Newsline,Yadav alleged, Kumar wanted me to pass inflated bills of projects related to road works. He had been asking me to turn a blind eye to the works he has been doing in the area. He had inaugurated two statues without my approval. He had carved out a road to his house from a public park. Today,when everyone gathered for a photo-shoot,he again brought the file to me,which I refused to sign. He slapped me before everyone.
Yadav also alleged that Kumar threw chairs and broke mirrors,besides tearing up files in his room. An FIR has been lodged against Kumar at Narela police station.
The police said a case under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty),332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty),353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) had been registered against the councillor. Kumar has been placed under arrest.
Refuting the allegations,Kumar said it was Yadav who assaulted him. We had heated arguments as Yadav was unnecessarily blocking development projects in the area. When I confronted him today he misbehaved and we got into a scuffle. My hand is fractured and I got admitted to Raja Harishchandra Hospital, he said. He also claimed that police was being partial by lodging a complaint against him. The police is yet to register my FIR, he added.
The councillors in the area,meanwhile,are trying to brush off the incident as a mere disagreement.
It was very unfortunate that such an incident had happened. We had gathered to relive our memories of the past years as elections are approaching, said one of the councillors.