NCP Minister’s relative thrashes ‘power thieves’

Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) A purported month-old video showing a Maharashtra senior minister’s relative and a municipal corporator roughing up some unidentified persons has gone viral.The video, reportedly shot somewhere in Kurla, shows local Nationalist Congress Party Municipal Corporator Abdul Rashid alias Kaptan Malik pushing, slapping and threatening at least 3-4 labourers working on a roadside project.At one point in the video, he allegedly threatened to break their limbs if they were again found indulging in such activities.Kaptan Malik is the brother of Minorities Affairs Minister Nawab Malik, who is a legislator from Kurla, both independent political leaders.”This video is around a month old. I don’t know who has circulated it now and what is their motive. The persons whom I caught red-handed were ‘electricity thieves’ who were trying to install illegal power meters and Internet fibre lines, looting crores of rupees of public money,” Kaptan Malik told IANS.He said he has submitted written complaints against them to the Municipal Commissioner and the local Assistant Municipal Commissioner, but no police case has been lodged nor any action taken by the civic body for a year.Kaptan Malik claimed he has all the required evidence against those persons and if he was acting like a bully, then why those “thieves” have not lodged any complaint against him.However, Kaptan Malik said that since the old video has been highlighted now in social media with some giving it a political twist, he would give his reply to the media.–IANSqn/prs

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