Sanatan Pandey lost to BSP this Assembly election
A former Samajwadi Party MLA,Sanatan Pandey,and his aide have been booked for allegedly assaulting a 65-year-old BSP supporter at Pandeypur village of Ballia district .
Pandey had lost to a BSP candidate in this Assembly election and apparently took offence to a friendly greeting from Malkhan Singh,a known BSP supporter in the area who was also carrying the party flag.
Reported in Garvar area of Ballia,the assault soon after an alleged SP worker had opened fire on a block development officer in Jhansi. It also follows a spate of incidents of violence involving SP workers and leaders ever since the party came to power.
Superintendent of Police,Ballia,Ram Bharose said a case has been registered in this regard and investigations were on.
The investigating officer is examining the matter. The statement of the victim will be recorded and the former MLA will also be questioned in due course, he said.
The former MLA and his aide,Tilak Pandey,have been charged under Sections 308 (attempt to committing culpable homicide not amounting to murder),323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentionally provoking somebody to cause breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of a complaint lodged by Singh.
According to the police,Pandey,who lost the 2012 election from Rasara constituency in Ballia to BSPs Umashankar Singh by more than 52,000 votes,was returning along with his aide after offering prayers at a temple at 9 am yesterday.
It appears that the former MLA took the greeting from BSP supporter Malkhan Singh,who he met on the way,as a taunt and got angry, said an officer associated with the investigation.
Pandey snatched Singhs stick and,then along with his aide,beat him up, the officer added. Singh sustained injuries on his arms,right thigh and nose and was admitted to a city hospital. His condition was reported to be out of danger,the police said.
Pandey was yet to be questioned. In 2007,Pandey had won the Assembly elections from Chilkahar constituency in Ballia on SP ticket.