A case has been registered in Indore against four supporters of Madhya Pradesh minister Tulsi Silawat on Wednesday for allegedly beating up municipal employees who were removing illegal banners put up on the occasion of the minister's birthday.
A video showing four men beating employees of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) went viral on social media.
Taking note of the incident, Chief Minister Kamal Nath instructed officials to remove all illegal hoardings, posters and banners across the state.
An official at Sanyogitaganj police station in Indore said a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered for assault on public servant, besides the Madhya Pradesh Prevention of Defacement Act, against Rahul Silawat, Chandu Silawat, Kapil Kaushik and Vikki Khatik.
No arrest has been made yet, he said.
Health minister Tulsi Silawat, who hails from Indore, celebrated his 65th birthday on Tuesday.
His supporters had put up banners and hoardings greeting him in the Residency area which houses bungalows of judges and top government officials.
When personnel of the Anti-Encroachment Squad of the IMC were removing banners and hoardings put up on electricity poles on Tuesday, the accused reached the spot and allegedly attacked them with sticks.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath later took to Twitter to say that he had directed officials to crack down on illegal posters and banners.
In a series of tweets, he said, "I have taken strict decision against hoardings, posters and banners, put up without permission at public places and directed the officials to remove them across the state.
बग़ैर अनुमति के सार्वजनिक स्थानो पर लगे होर्डिंग - पोस्टर - बैनर को लेकर मैंने कड़ा निर्णय लेते हुए ,स्पष्ट रूप से निर्देश दिये है कि प्रदेश भर से इन्हें तत्काल हटाया जाये।— Office Of Kamal Nath (@OfficeOfKNath) November 6, 2019
होर्डिंग पर यदि मेरे भी फ़ोटो लगे हो तो उन्हें भी हटाने में ज़रा भी संकोच ना बरता जाये।
"Don't hesitate to remove the hoardings even if they display my photos," he said.
"These hoardings mounted on traffic indicators, statues of great personalities, electricity poles, buildings and public places are not only blot on the beauty of cities but also cause accidents," Kamal Nath said.