MNS corporator from Kalyan slaps elderly contractor for 'failure' to resolve water crisis

Nikam claimed that he had tried to speak to the contractor politely, but the latter gave vague replies to his queries. He said the area had not been receiving water on account of a pipe burst and the contractor, despite promises, did nothing to address the problem

Mahahrashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator in the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC), Nitin Nikam, repeatedly slapped a 65-year-old waterworks contractor Digambar Patil for allegedly failing to resolve the water crisis in Kalyan (East).

After Patil lodged a complaint with Kolsewadi police station, a non-cognisable offence was registered against Nikam under Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. "We have filed an application to the court to investigate the matter. To maintain peace, we have notified him under Friday of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)," said senior inspector Jagdish Lojalkar of Kolsewadi police station.

Lojalkar said it was a bailable offenc."It was just a slap. The corporator is not a government servant and the contractor was not seriously injured," he added.

Blaming his rage on the worsening situation and mounting pressure to fix the water problem, Nikam, who visited Sitapur Nagar along with KDMC water department chief Tarun Juneja on Saturday morning, said, "We are also educated people but if we keep holding talks with them, they just sit on our heads."

Nikam claimed he tried speaking to the contractor politely but the latter was rude to him. It is then that he decided to resort to "MNS style".

"For the past four days, the mains, which supply water to four wards, have not been repaired. I know the man is as old as my father but people have been suffering. He was not giving a proper reply. If I had not slapped him, the people would have beaten him up," said Nikam.

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