Assistant Police Inspector (traffic) Sachin Suryavanshi, who was beaten up by legislators inside Vidhan Bhavan last week, was on Monday suspended for “being rude” to MLA Kshitij Thakur, said Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil. A committee was also instituted to look into the assault.
Earlier in the day, two MLAs - Thakur of the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and Ram Kadam of the MNS - were released on bail against a surety of Rs 15,000 each. They were also instructed to report to the crime branch office every Wednesday. They were taken into custody on Thursday following a public outcry over the incident.
Throughout the day, the legislators disrupted proceedings in both Houses, demanding suspension of Suryavanshi for misbehaving with Thakur, who has also been suspended.
Patil, in his statement in the House, said video footage of the Bandra-Worli Sea-Link bridge where Thakur was fined for breaking the prescribed speed limit, showed that Suryavanshi was rude to the MLA.
Patil said: “As of now, Suryavanshi will remain suspended till the inquiry is complete.” He added that the seniormost MLA in Vidhan Bhavan, Ganpatrao Deshmukh of the Peasants and Workers Party, along with legislators Dilip Sopal (independent), Nawab Malik (NCP), Girish Bapat (BJP), R M Wani (Shiv Sena), Sadashiv Patil (Congress) and Uttarmrao Dikle (MNS), will probe the entire incident.
Apart from Thakur and Kadam, three other legislators were also suspended for attacking the policeman. The committee has been asked to present its findings in a week, along with recommendation on suspension of the legislators and Suryavanshi.