Chamber chief alleges manhandling by BJP MLA



Belgaum: A top functionary of a trade body here on Tuesday alleged he was manhandled by ruling BJP MLA Abhay Patil on April 30 during discussion on a road work.

Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) President Basavaraj Javali told reporters here that he was manhandled by Belgaum MLA Patil and his brother Santosh Patil during a discussion on road work under Belgaum Vishweswariah Industrial Park (VIP) ASIDE Project, a charge denied by the legislator.

Javali, who broke down at the press conference, alleged that the MLA also abused him using filthy words.

When asked why he did not register a complaint on the same day, Javali replied he could not do so as he was in a state of shock.

Javali claimed he had recorded the entire incident in an hidden camera as he anticipated abuse from Abhay Patil. "I know Abhay Patil's nature and I was anticipating him to use filthy language against me. Therefore I carried with me an hidden camera to record the incident," he said.

Abhay Patil, when contacted, denied the allegations levelled by Javali.

He also questioned the delay in registering a police complaint. "Why didn't Javali lodge complaint on the same day of the incident?" he asked.

PTI