A video clip from CCTV footage purportedly showed an MLA of the ruling BRS in Telangana assaulting a worker of a toll plaza and went viral on social media, prompting the legislator to deny the allegations.
The clip beamed by local TV news channels also purportedly showed the Bellampalli MLA Durgam Chinnaiah slapping the worker near the plaza on a national highway in the Mancherial district on Tuesday.
The incident happened when the MLA was travelling in his car.
The footage shows some people, including a gunman, near the toll plaza. It further shows a person approaching a man and slapping him after which the man is seen moving away.
#WATCH | Telangana | BRS MLA Durgam Chinnaiah allegedly assaults a toll plaza staff at Mandamarri toll plaza— ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2023
We have seen the video on social media. We have not received any complaints. We are enquiring into the matter: Mandamarri Circle Inspector
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The legislator, on his part, denied media reports on the incident.
According to the MLA, a toll fee was collected even before the work on the highway was completed.
"I only enquired regarding the norms. There was no response from officials. When I asked for their manager, this person (toll plaza staff) spoke rudely to me. I did not manhandle or attack anyone," Mr Chinnaiah said.
A senior police official told PTI that no complaint has been lodged till now, but an inquiry has begun.
"We've not received any sort of complaint till now. We are verifying and will proceed accordingly," the official said
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