A local TRS leader in Hyderabad allegedly assaulted a woman employee of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) over the removal of an illegal statue in the city.
Police said that the complainant, who was working as an Assistant City Planner, was allegedly 'slapped and insulted' by co-option (nominated) member G Jyothi Goud and others during a meeting of the civic body.
“I was suddenly attacked by the co-option member and nobody intervened to stop her. I walked out of the room, injured and humiliated,” the complaint stated.
The incident relates to a statue of Jyoti's son, Akhil Kumar Goud, in Alwal that was installed without permission. Akhil had died in a road accident and local leaders said that he had played an active role in the Telangana movement, which is why they installed the statue.
The official who saw the statue, issued notices to remove it. When the orders were not followed, the GHMC removed it, stating that it was an encroachment on the road. It was this move, that reportedly led to the attack.
“Jyothi and others manhandled and caused injuries to the GHMC official. A case has been registered against G. Jyothi and her associates under Sections 353 (Assault or use of criminal force against a public servant) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC,” Alwal inspector V. Srikanth Goud told Deccan Chronicle.
According to reports, the statue first came up in April this year, but was later razed as it was erected without permission. However, members of the Goud family set it up again earlier this month in September.
Meanwhile, Jyothi’s family denied allegations of the assault and accused the GHMC official of ‘intentionally targeting’ them.