AAP Lawmaker Arrested for Thrashing Delhi Jal Board's Junior Engineer

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New Delhi:  The Aam Admi Party (AAP) legislator Prakash Jarwal, who had allegedly thrashed a junior engineer of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) after he refused to follow his instructions, was arrested today.

"We have arrested Prakash Jarwal, an MLA from Deoli, for assaulting Delhi Jal Board (DJB) engineer. The MLA has been booked under Section 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code," Deputy Commissioner Police (southeast district) P Karunakaran told PTI.

Yesterday, DJP had registered a First Information Report against the accused MLA for allegedly assaulting its junior engineer at Sangam Vihar area where he was supervising,the drilling of a tube-well.

The DJB official had claimed that he was,over the phone, by one of the associates of the MLA to stop the work as it had to be inaugurated by Mr Jarwal.

However, the official carried on with the work as stopping it would have "indefinitely delayed" the boring of the tubewell.

The official had also explained the matter to the MLA when he reached the spot but was allegedly assaulted by him.

The AAP MLA has, however, refuted the allegations and claimed that the DJB official had halted the work and also abused him when he questioned him about it.

Mr Jarwal had alleged that the official concerned was asking for a bribe and had stopped the work.

"The DJB officials started the drilling work at 6 am, but stopped it at 8.30 am and demanded money to complete the work."

"When I contacted the Assistant Engineer, he assured me that the work will start again, but he again refused to work and told people that I would be coming to inaugurate it," Mr Jarwal yesterday said after a case was registered against him by the DJB.



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