In a shocking incident, a block-level public representative in Telangana belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) kicked a woman after she hit him with a 'chappal' over a land issue on Sunday.
Mandal (block) Parishad president (MPP) Immadi Gopi kicked the woman in full public view. The video clip of the incident which has since gone viral on social media shows A. Rajavva falling on the ground after the public representative kicked her in the chest.
The incident took place in Indalwai block headquarters in Nizamabad district.
The woman and her family members were staging a protest in front of Gopi's house over the delay in handing over the possession of a land they had bought from him.
The family had purchased the land for Rs 33 lakh about 10 months ago but Gopi did not hand over the possession of the property and demanded an additional Rs 23 lakh.
Rajavva and her family members had been demanding him to honour the original agreement by handing over the property. The two sides had a minor scuffle last week.
The family again approached Gopi with their request. When he refused to listen, the woman picked up her 'chappal' and slapped him. He retaliated by kicking her in the chest. The woman's relatives then pushed down Gopi.
Police registered a case against Gopi for the assault under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) based on the woman's complaint.
Gopi filed a counter-complaint, based on which a case was filed against the woman and some of her relatives as well, over property damage and trespass, police said.
A police officer said they will conduct an investigation before taking further action.
(With IANS inputs)