Radadiya sticks to his guns, never mind the model code

Vithal Radadiya

The Porbandar Cong MP has two licensed guns, including the double-barrel 12-bore shotgun he was waving at toll plaza

Four days after he was caught on camera waving a gun at a toll booth in Vadodara district, Porbandar Congress MP Vitthal Radadiya continues to keep his two licensed guns despite the model code of conduct for Assembly elections, which requires him to deposit his guns with the district administration, being in force.

Radadiya, who faces 15 criminal cases, has two guns registered under his name, a .32 pistol and a double-barrel 12-bore shotgun, which he was apparently brandishing at the toll plaza at Karjan on the intervening night between October 10 and 11.

The gun registered under the name of Jayesh, Radadiya's son who is Dhoraji MLA, has been deposited.

Rajkot Collector Dr Rajendra Kumar said the police had started collecting licensed weapons as part of model code of conduct.

Rajkot district SP Premveer Singh said while Jayesh had deposited his weapon, a notice had been served to the MP for the same. Radadiya's home is in Jamkandorna in Rajkot district.

Meanwhile, manager of the toll plaza, Ajaysinh Thakur, said he was being intimidated. "Every day, a few people come to the booth and ask for my address and whereabouts from other employees. I have sought police protection," he said.

Around 10 policemen have been deployed at the plaza for round-the-clock security.

Fresh charges under IPC's section 341 (wrongful restrain) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) have also been pressed against Radadiya for halting traffic and allegedly hitting an employee with the butt of his gun.

Vadodara district SP Sandeep Singh said he had written to his counterparts in Rajkot and Porbandar seeking cooperation in the case. "We are gathering information about him. I have written to SPs of Porbandar and Rajkot districts and Rajkot city police commissioner," he said.

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