Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday went on strike demanding BJP corporator from Ward no 32 from South Nagpur Rupali Thakur’s resignation as her brother-in-law Vikrant aka Vicky brutally thrashed an NMC driver while on duty on Monday at 9:30 pm. The incident took place when driver Nilesh Hathibed along with other NMC workers were cleaning Lord Ganesh’s idol immersion tanks set up at Sharda Chowk, Hanuman Nagar.
Post idol immersion, Vikrant along with his friends had a tiff with Hathibed as the former asked Hathibed to relocate his truck. Hathibed requested Vikrant and his friends to wait for a while before he moved the truck as he was already engaged in work. But Vikrant and his friends lost their cool and started brutally thrashing him. So much so, that Hathibed sustained several injuries and had to be rushed to Government Medial Hospital.
Such was the intensity of the thrashing that even the tank, where Hathibed was standing near, had blood stains the next day when NMC workers staged their protest. Rupali, after facing severe backlash from Congress corporators and NMC Union, submitted a letter to the police asking for an immediate action against Vikrant.
When Nation Next asked Surendra Tingne, President of Rashtriya Nagpur Corporation Employees Association at NMC, about the incident, he said, “We narrated the entire ordeal to DCP Nilesh Bharne, after which he assured us to take strict action against Vikant within 24 hours. We’ve even requested Bharne to charge Vikrant under atrocity act as Hathibed is a Dalit.”
Hudkeshwar Police has registered a complaint against the accused under sections 353, 333, 504 and 34 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) for assaulting a public servant on duty.