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Cop assaulted by MLAs deposes before Maharashtra House panel

The police officer Sachin Suryavanshi , who was assaulted by some MLAs in Vidhan Bhavan, today deposed before a House committee constituted to probe the unsavoury incident.

Suryavanshi appeared before the seven-member panel headed by senior-most member of the state assembly Ganpatrao Deshmukh of Peasants and Workers Party.

Cop assaulted by MLAs deposes before Maharashtra House panel
Traffic Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryavanshi

Suryavanshi's deposition lasted for about 90 minutes, assembly officials said. However, what transpired during the deposition was not immediately known.

MLAs, Kshitij Thakur of Bahujan Vikas Agadhi and Ram Kadam of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who were arrested in connection with the assault on the officer and security staff of the House will also appear before the committee, the officials said. 

Suryavanshi, who was escorted to the House by personnel from the police department, did not respond to media queries while leaving the premises.

Buying peace with legislators who disrupted the proceedings of the two Houses of legislature, Home Minister RR Patil on March 25 had suspended Suryavanshi for "misbehaving" with Thakur and ordered constitution of a panel to go into the entire episode.

Suryavanshi, attached to the Worli police station, was thrashed by a group of MLAs outside the visitors gallery at the state's legislature complex on March 19, a day after he had stopped Thakur's vehicle on Bandra-Worli Sea Link for speeding and slapped a fine on him.

The House had later suspended five MLAs - Ram Kadam (MNS), Jaykumar Rawal (BJP), Kshitij Thakur (Bahujan Vikas Agadhi), Rajan Salvi (Shiv Sena) and Pradeep Jaiswal (Independent) - for their alleged involvement in the assault. 

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