Gopinath Munde's supporters thrash helicopter pilot in Beed

Apr 07, 2014, 13:08 IST | Agencies

Senior BJP leader’s supporters beat up the pilot after he reportedly refused to fly Munde to a location different than the one mentioned in the flight plan

Beed: Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s supporters allegedly thrashed a pilot of a helicopter after he refused to fly the sitting MP from Beed city to another place.

Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde. File pic

A police officer present at the spot has given a report in the matter to the police department, though no FIR has been lodged in the incident as yet.

Munde, who is seeking a fresh term, had come to the Police Grounds in the city on Thursday by a helicopter from Mumbai.
He was supposed to go to Radi village in Ambajogai tehsil to address a rally where the villagers had made a helipad for Munde’s chopper to land near the rally venue.

However, the helicopter’s pilot refused to fly from Beed to the venue in Radi village citing fuel shortage and other reasons.

A BJP youth leader, who was present at the spot, said Munde angrily left the Police Grounds after the helicopter pilot refused to fly further. The supporters had told the pilot that he should have carried their ‘saheb’ to the rally spot.

To which the pilot then apparently replied that he (Munde) might be ‘saheb’ for the supporters, not for him. The supporters were angered by this and three of them allegedly assaulted the pilot.

When contacted, District Collector Naval Kishor Ram said that Munde was not at the spot where the incident occurred. The pilot has not filed any complaint in this regard, he said.

However, a police officer, who was on duty at the spot, has given a report to the police department, Ram said, adding that “We will take action after getting the report.”

Beed Superintendent of Police (SP) Naveen Chandra Reddy also said that the pilot has lodged any complaint and he could not be contacted by the police. He said based on the report, an FIR will be lodged in the matter.

Police action

Ten BJP workers and supporters of MP Gopinath Munde were yesterday booked for allegedly thrashing a pilot of a helicopter after he refused to fly the sitting MP from Beed city to another place, the police said.
Police Inspector Dharamsing Chavan had registered a complaint against Rajendra Bangar, Swapnil Galdhar, Pravin Ghuge and other accused, who have been booked under various sections of the IPC.

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