BJP-turned-NC politician arrested for ‘assaulting’ woman Sarpanch in Jammu

BJP-turned-NC politician arrested for ‘assaulting’ woman Sarpanch in Jammu

JAMMU: Former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA-turned-National Conference politician Gagan Bhagat was arrested Thursday for allegedly abusing and thrashing a woman Sarpanch in R S Pura in Jammu district, officials said.
The alleged incident of thrashing was reported in the area last Saturday, but the video of the incident went viral on social media only on Wednesday. The video purportedly shows the NC leader attacking Sarpanch Seema Devi and her supporters, prompting the police to register a case.
“He was arrested around 2 pm in R S Pura belt in connection with a case of thrashing (of the woman Sarpanch and her supporters)”, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), R S Pura, Sahil Prashur told PTI.
He said the case is being investigated.
The video purportedly showed Bhagat thrashing Devi and her supporters in R S Pura over the issue of taking credit for installing a power transformer in Raipur Sajda village in the constituency.
In the video, Bhagat is seen questioning the credentials of an elected Sarpanch of the area for installation of the transformer in the area and entering into a verbal brawl and an assault.
An FIR was registered against him.
Bhagat wanted to rule the areas by using “muscle power”, Devi told reporters here.
The Sarpanches and Panches of the All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC), led by its president Anil Sharma, held protests in R S Pura in support of the action against Bhagat.
“We want the Governor and the DGP to take action against Bhagat. His security should be withdrawn. He is using his security to threaten the people,” Sharma told reporters.
Bhagat challenged the “unconstitutional and undemocratic” dissolution of the JK Assembly last year and also accused his party of being anti-Dalit, prompting his expulsion for indiscipline and anti-party activities. He joined the NC in December last year.
(PTI)