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Delhi chief secy assault: AAP MLA Imran Hussain gheraoed by govt officials

Officials and staff of the Delhi government raised slogans and prevented Hussain from taking the elevator to his 6th floor office at the secretariat this afternoon

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Anshu Prakash
Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash exits after meeting Lt Governor Anil Baijal over his alleged manhandling by an AAP MLA, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

Utter chaos unfolded inside the secretariat here today as Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was mobbed by over a hundred officials and staff, hours after Chief Secretary was allegedly manhandled at the chief minister's residence.

Officials and staff of the raised slogans and prevented Hussain from taking the elevator to his 6th floor office at the secretariat this afternoon.

Later, police had to escort the minister to his office, sources said.

About the incident, Hussain said, "I don't know whether they were government employees, but I will identify them."

The minister later filed a complaint with the IP Estate Police Station alleging that he was assaulted.

The government also released a video showing Hussain being roughed up while his APA Himanshu Singh thrashed by a section of the agitating staff.

However, Deepak Bharadwaj, general secretary of the Employees Association, refuted the allegations and claimed that the minister arrived when sloganeering was going on but nobody manhandled him.

Hundreds of government officials gathered at the second floor of the Delhi Secretariat, demanding that FIR be lodged against MLAs, who allegedly assaulted the chief secretary.

Prakash was allegedly manhandled at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence last night, an official said, even as the chief minister's office dismissed the accusation as "bizarre and baseless".

Meanwhile, MLA Ajay Dutt, who was present at the meeting yesterday, in a email to the commissioner of police alleged that "abused" and used "casteist" remarks against him and another MLA Prakash Jarwal.

Demanding an FIR against the chief secretary, Dutt said he had asked Prakash about complaints regarding ration distribution in his constituency (Ambedkarnagar), but the CS misbehaved and left the meeting.

After the incident, the chief secretary met Lt Governor Anil Baijal and apprised him of the incident, he added.

The IAS officers association met Baijal today and raised the issue before him.

First Published: Tue, February 20 2018. 17:38 IST