Friday, October 12, 2012

Gujarat Congress MP faces arrest for brandishing gun at toll booth

VADODARA: Congress MP from Porbandar, Vithhal Radadiya is facing arrest after he brandished his gun at a toll booth in Karjan taluka of Vadodara district late on October 10 night. Radadiya was travelling in his private car along with his driver, his bodyguard and others. The incident occurred at a toll booth near Bharthana village in Karjan. Radadiya and his men not only threatened the toll collector with the gun but also created ruckus that led to heavy traffic jam on the highway. 

Toll booth manager Ajaysinh Thakore registered a police complaint against Radadiya and five other people on Friday. "We had received an application from Thakore earlier following which we started investigating the case. We wanted to confirm whether the person who threatened the toll booth employee was Radadiya. So the police got hold of CCTV images from the toll booth," said Vadodara DySP Usha Raada. 

"The images confirmed that the person brandishing weapon was Radadiya. Hence a complaint was registered at Karjan police station on Friday. The complaint states that he showed his gun to the employee and threatened him with dire consequences," Raada. She added that after conducting investigations, Radadiya would be arrested. 

According to the complaint, Radadiya's driver produced photocopy of the MP's identity card at the toll booth. "But the toll booth employee sought the original ID card and it led to heated arguments between the employee and Radadiya. The MP got out of his car and took out his gun to threaten the toll booth employees," said investigating officer and Karjan police sub-inspector R M Vasava. 

The police has registered an FIR against Radadiya under IPC sections 143, 147, 148, 149, 405, 406 (B) and section 25 and section 25 (1) of Arms Act. 

The police said that when Radadiya was threatening the toll booth employees, his men created ruckus at the entry and exit points of the booth. "This led to heavy traffic jam on the highway. We are now collecting all the evidence following which we will start arresting the accused," investigating officer and Karjan police sub-inspector RM Vasava said. 

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