NCP MLA, Suresh Lad was caught on camera allegedly slapping a deputy collector in Maharashtra’s Raigad district has gone viral on social media. Suresh Lad, a legislator from Karjat reportedly slapped deputy collector Abhay Kalgudkar after a disagreement over the compensation.
According to an NDTV report, the incident took place on Thursday at a meeting called by deputy collector Abhay Kalgudkar to solve disputes between the government and and farmers over the purchase of farm land for an oil pipeline, including a land of Suresh Lad.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the MLA has denied slapping the official. “Why is the official silent? Why hasn’t he lodged any police complaint, if he was indeed assaulted,” Malik said.
The location where the alleged incident took place was not a government office but the premises of a leading corporate house, another NCP leader said. “Maybe that’s why the official, who was acting as an agent of that corporate, is keeping mum,” he said.
The Deputy Collector Abhay Kalgudkar has refused to file a police complaint. Speaking to India Today, Kalgudkar said “For personal reasons I am not going to file any police complaint but I have written a letter to my senior authority”.