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Assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Two AAP MLAs sent to judicial custody till Thursday

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash

Khan, the Okhla MLA, was picked up from Jamia Nagar around 11.30 am on the basis of an FIR against him, Delhi Police DCP Madhur Verma told reporters.

February 20 (ANI): The Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services president on Tuesday said they are going on a strike immediately against the alleged mishandling of Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs.

In his complaint, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had alleged that he was sitting on a sofa flanked by Amantullah and another AAP MLA during the Monday night meeting, and without provocation, the two legislators "started hitting and assaulting" him "with blows on head and temple".

The Telangana State IAS Officers institute while condemning the alleged physical assault said "what makes it even more condemnable is the fact that it took place in front of the chief minister and the deputy chief minister at the residence of the chief minister of Delhi at midnight hour". The L-G has since submitted a report on the issue to the Home Ministry.

IAS officers across the country staged protest against the alleged manhandling. "The committee has not taken a decision yet, but will think about it", Bharadwaj said.

The chief secretary's medicolegal certificate shows swelling on his face and behind the ears and a bruise on his lip.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday declared that Kamal Haasan's newly launched political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam would break the record of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in winning the majority of seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

So far, Prakash has filed a complaint against AAP MLAs for assaulting him. Media reports said Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain was manhandled by a crowd which gathered outside the door of a lift inside the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday afternoon.

The Aam Aadmi Party's narration of the events is totally different, and it has alleged Prakash is acting at the BJP's behest. Hussain's assistant personal secretary was beaten up, according to multiple video clips from the Secretariat.

On Tuesday, bureaucrats made a decision to boycott meetings called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues until the chief minister apologises.

The alleged assault occurred during a meeting at Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence.

"The MPIAS Officers Association demand that criminal cases be registered against the persons who have committed the assault and everybody else present and guilty of abetment", an official statement from the association read. An expert said swellings, bruises and cuts were the most common physical presentation of an assault and can not be fabricated. Ajay Maken, the Delhi Congress chief, asked the Chief Minister to apologise. "There is an unnecessary drama (going on) about it", he said, as quoted by IANS.

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