Mumbai: A Deputy secretary in the PWD department was allegedly manhandled by an Independent MLA at the Mantralaya here today, apparently for refusing to entertain his demand for providing additional accommodation to a clerk, following which the employees at the state secretariat went on a flash strike.
Police have registered an FIR against Bachchu Kadu, Independent legislator from Achalapur on a complaint lodged against him for allegedly roughing up the Deputy secretary identified as Bhausaheb Gavit of the PWD department.
A Mantralaya staffer said the MLA was incensed after Gavit refused to allot government accommodation to a clerk, working with PWD department, who has already been allotted a (government) house.
Kadu has denied the charge. However, the employees went on a flash strike over the incident.
Police said the FIR was registered against Kadu and the clerk, identified as Ashok Jadgav, at Marine Drive police station tonight under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of IPC.
Police said no arrest has been made by them in this connection.
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