Police hunt for man who attacked legislator

February 18th, 2011 - 3:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Telangana Hyderabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Police were Friday looking for the driver of a Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) legislator who had hit Lok Satta president in the premises of the Andhra Pradesh assembly the day before. Educational institutions in Andhra and Raylaseema regions were also closed to protest the attack.A first information report (FIR) was registered on a complaint by legislature secretary Raja Sadaram.

Mallesh, the driver of TRS legislator E. Rajender, has been booked under Section 353 of the Indian Penal Code which relates to assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty.

Malesh allegedly hit Jaiprakash on his head. The legislator was attacked soon after he spoke to the media criticising TRS legislators for their behaviour during Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan’s address to the joint session of both houses.

As Jaiprakash, a former bureaucrat, was leaving the media point, TRS legislators had a heated argument with him. A few minutes later Mallesh allegedly hit Jaiprakash on his head from the back.

The TRS legislators and their supporters also pushed Congress legislator P. Venkat Rao, who like Jaiprakash is against the demand for a separate Telangana state.

The Lok Satta chief stated Thursday that he would not lodge a complaint against anybody. He termed it as an attack on democracy.

Students at universities in the Andhra and Rayalseema regions took out rallies condemning the incident.

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