An independent lawmaker from Kerala lost his cool at a toll plaza in Thrissur and broke the automatic barricade last night, police said. The CCTV footage showed PC George getting out of his luxury car and going for the barricade.
His driver and aides join him in breaking the stop barrier. In the footage, they are also seen arguing with toll employees. When the path is clear, they drive away.
The toll employees say that Mr George got angry when there was some delay in allowing his vehicle to pass. They say they were trying to confirm the details of the lawmaker and hadn't seen the MLA sticker on the car.
This made Mr George angry and he rushed to the barrier and broke it, they told the police.
"I was rushing to catch a train. The man at the toll plaza counter saw the MLA sticker on my car and yet he stopped us. We waited but he didn't even look at us. People behind us began to honk. We waited for some time and then I had no option but to do what I did. I have a right to passage," the Poonjar lawmaker told NDTV.
After the incident, toll officials informed the police. Neither toll authorities nor the lawmaker have, however, filed a complaint, police said.
This isn't the first time when Mr George, a seven-time lawmaker, assaulted someone. He had allegedly slapped a 22-year-old staff member at the hostel canteen for delay in serving food last year. The man suffered injuries on his lips and an eye.
The founder leader of Kerala Janapaksham Party also allegedly waved his pistol at estate workers for shouting slogans against him in connection with a land dispute in June last year.