Former Gujarat Lawmaker Booked For Assaulting Probationary Forest Officials

Officials said the incident happened when a group of 47 probationers of the 2017 batch was returning to Ahmedabad Saturday morning by bus.

Former Gujarat Lawmaker Booked For Assaulting Probationary Forest Officials

One of the men accompanying the lawmaker allegedly tried to ram the officials with his jeep

Rajkot: A former lawmaker of Gondal constituency, Mahipatsinh Jadeja, has been booked for allegedly attacking four probationary officers of the Indian Forest Service near Ribda, about 20 kilometres from Rajkot, police said.

Officials said the incident happened when a group of 47 probationers of the 2017 batch was returning to Ahmedabad Saturday morning by bus.

"The bus halted at a petrol pump, near Mr Jadeja's residence, to fill fuel and four of the probationers alighted for some fresh air. One of them was leaning against the wall of Mr Jadeja's residence and the latter thought the probationer was urinating against the wall," an official said.

A heated argument ensued in which Mr Jadeja attacked one of the probationers, Vipul, with a rod and also three others, Rahul, Sunil and Pankaj, when they came to Vipul's rescue, the police official said.

One of the men accompanying Mr Jadeja allegedly tried to ram them with his jeep, police said.

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"The person who attacked the forest officials was identified as Mahipatsinh Jadeja along with three others. We have checked the CCTV footage," Antrip Sood, Rajkot (Rural) SP said.

"A case has been registered against Jadeja and his three accomplices and a search is on to nab them," the SP said.

Mr Jadeja was an Independent MLA from Gondal constituency in 1990 and 1995.