Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, who is also son of party general secretary in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya, was caught yesterday on camera beating a civic body officer with a cricket bat in full public glare in Indore city in the state.
Akash, a first-time MLA from Indore-3 constituency, was seen chasing the officer and thrashing him, appearing oblivious to vasual media covering the incident.
He was later arrested on charges of assaulting and obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty. The MLA was remanded to 14-day judicial custody after his bail petition was rejected by the local court.
The incident has not only caused acute embarrassment to the BJP, but also threatened to politically damage senior Vijayvargiya, who was emerging as an alternative to former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh following stupendous success of the party in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal under his stewardship.
According to the police, a team of Indore Municipal Corporation officers, who were on an anti-encroachment drive in a posh area in Indore, were confronted by the BJP MLA and his associates.
The BJP legislator got into heated arguments with the officers over demolition of a building and alleged threatened them to leave the area within five minutes or face consequence. He later chased them and beat one of the officers, Dhirendra Byas, with a bat.
The police later intervened and rescued the victim from the mob, comprising the legislator and his associates. Akash was arrested and later produced in the local court.