Maharashtra legislators assault cop in assembly premises

Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) In an unprecedented development, at least half a dozen legislators from various parties allegedly assaulted a police official inside the Maharashtra assembly complex here Tuesday, officials said.

The victim, Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryawanshi was taken to the St. George Hospital where his condition is reported to be “stable”.
According to official sources, the legislators belonging to various political parties allegedly pounced on Suryawanshi inside the legislature premises and punched, kicked and slapped him.
The provocation behind the sudden attack is not yet clear.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister R.R. Patil, and other ministers were closeted in an emergency meeting to discuss the situation arising out of the legislators’ violent behaviour.
Takig a grim view of the attack, state Director-General of Police Sanjeev Dayal, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and other top police officers rushed to the legislature complex and were scheduled to raise the issue with Chavan and other ministers.
Meanwhile, top leaders of all political parties have condemned the shocking incident and assured action would be taken against their party legislators if they were found involved in the attack.