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Oct 13, 2012 at 01:41pm IST

Gujarat: Gun toting Cong MP says weapon not for show off; case registered against him

Vadodara: Gujarat Congress MP Vitthal Radadiya who was seen threatening a toll officer with his gun on Saturday said that he doesn't keep his gun only to show it off. "I showed my ID card but the security person said it was fake. They called me a fake MP and tried to misbehave. I thought they would fight with me. So, for self defence, I took out my rifle. I have a licenced gun which I don't keep to show off."

The Gujarat police registered a case against the Porbandar MP under charges of rioting and branding a weapon in public. Meanwhile, the Congress party asked Radadiya for an explanation after CCTV footage showed him pulling gun on a toll plaza attendant while the Porbandar police registered a case against the MP over the incident.

Congress MP from Porbandar Vitthal Radadiya has been caught on CCTV cameras, pointing a gun at security personnel posted at a toll plaza. Radadiya's car was stopped by the toll booth personnel at Karjan near Vadodara late on Thursday night. When the driver showed him Radadiya's identification card, the toll booth attendant demanded to see the original identity card.

It was when the driver and the toll booth were arguing with each other that Radadiya stepped out of the car and threatened to shoot the attendants whom he claimed were wasting his time.

Police registered a case against Radadiya after analysing the CCTV footage. "We received information that there was a scuffle with the toll plaza employee. We investigating this case and we will try our best. We have seen CCTV footage and we will do investigation on that basis," said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Usha Rada.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules Gujarat, said that the culprit would not be spared. "It has shown us the true face of Congress. We condemn the incident. Law will take its own course and appropriate action will be taken," said Gujarat government spokesperson Jai Narayan Vyas.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also reacted to the incident saying, "I have clearly stated that the images beaming on the TV screens are very disturbing and we share your concerns. But since we have asked for an explanation, it is incumbent on us to err on the side of caution".

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