Suspended DIG Sanjiv Bhatt booked for 'slapping' his guard

Suspended DIG Sanjiv Bhatt was on Friday booked for assaulting a policeman posted at his residence as part of his security detail last night.

According to an FIR lodged by the policeman, Alpesh Patel, at Ghatlodia police station, Bhatt allegedly slapped him after he refused to take his dog for a walk.

According to details, Patel arrived for duty at Bhatt's residence at Sushilnagar in Ahmedabad around 8.30 pm. Bhatt, who had just returned after a jogging session, asked Patel to take his dog out for a walk, but the policeman refused saying it was not part of his duty. A verbal duel followed, after which the IPS officer allegedly slapped him.

Patel reportedly called up the police control room and senior policemen rushed to the spot. They took him to Sola Civil Hospital for a check-up after which he filed an FIR early Friday morning.

Inspector P D Parmar of Ghatlodia police station said, "We have booked Sanjiv Bhatt under Section 332 of the IPC for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty. We are in the process of collecting evidence."

Meanwhile, Bhatt today shot off a letter to Ahmedabad Police Commissioner S K Saikia alleging that the complaint filed by Patel was "false and vexatious". "...It is also learnt from other members of my personal security detail that Patel was very reluctant to serve here and has been making repeated requests to post him for some other duty of his choice," Bhatt wrote.

"Posting of reluctant, undisciplined and untrained police personnel like Patel for any personal security detail would cause irreparable jeopardy to my security as well as that of my family," he further stated in the letter.

Bhatt, who has been locked in a bitter battle with the Narendra Modi government, also alleged that Patel had filed the complaint "with some ulterior motive either at the behest of some vested interests in the state government or of his own accord for serving some hidden agenda" and sought a departmental inquiry against him.

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