Indore: A BJP MLA on Tuesday allegedly thrashed 15 junkies who he claimed were eve-teasing women in a park here, the incident which acquired a political hue after Congress criticised saying it highlights the law and order situation of the state.
Eye witnesses claimed that BJP MLA Sudarshan Gupta beat up 15 miscreants at the Rukmani Devi Park near Malaharganj police station when women complained that the junkies had eve-teased them and school girls.
The women too reportedly joined the MLA and thrashed the drug addicts.
"These people have disturbed the peace in Malaharganj area. I have warned them that if they were noticed at public places henceforth, I will catch them and hand them over to the police," Gupta told reporters.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesman Narendra Saluja said the incident showed that the law and order situation in the state had turned grim in the BJP rule and illegal businesses like sale of narcotics thrive right under the nose of police.
Saluja, however said that Gupta taking the law into his hands was incorrect. Like a law abiding public representative, Gupta should have ensured that the police took a stern action against the miscreants, Saluja said.
"Promt action will be taken if any such incident is reported to us by public in the Malaharganj area," Additional Superintendent of Police Aditya Pratap Singh said.