SP MLA manhandles LDA staff demolishing his building, held

              Party suspended Biswan MLA Rampal Yadav in February, later reinstated him. Rampal Yadav being taken away by police officers for disrupting the LDA’s demolition drive. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Samajwadi Party MLA Rampal Yadav was on Thursday arrested for allegedly manhandling officials of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA), who were demolishing his under-construction building in Lucknow’s Gautampalli area.

Yadav, MLA from Biswan seat in Sitapur district, was taken into custody in the afternoon after he objected to the bulldozing of the structure. In February, SP had suspended the MLA for alleged anti-party activities, but his suspension was revoked later.

On Thursday, LDA officials went to Jiyamau area where the building is situated with the intent to demolish the structure. According to the authority, the building was being built without the LDA approving its map.

“The land is registered in the name of Yadav’s wife and his daughter. Construction work was taking place allegedly without the LDA approving the map… The building’s demolition was approved in February but the MLA had then requested that the order be reviewed. His review application was rejected this month,” said LDA Secretary Shirish Chandra Verma, who was also at the spot.

He added that demolition work was initially halted as the MLA raised objections, but it soon resumed and continued till late evening. Verma, however, denied that Yadav was manhandled.

In an FIR lodged at Gautampalli police station on the complaint filed by LDA assistant engineer Alok, Yadav and his eight supporters — who too were arrested — have been booked on charges of attempt to murder, rioting, assault and criminal intimidation. SP (East) Shivram Yadav said the nine will be produced before the court on Friday.

Yadav’s relationship with SP had allegedly soured during the recent panchayat elections, as his son Vinod was denied a party ticket for the post of zila panchayat chairman.

Vinod, however, contested against the SP-supported candidate and won. The MLA was later suspended from SP, but his suspension was revoked a few weeks later.

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