MP from Osmanabad Ravindra
is back in the news, this time for creating a ruckus
in Latur+ after he failed to get money from an ATM near the bus
stand on Tuesday.
Gaikwad had hit national headlines for allegedly beating up an
Air India staffer+ on a flight on March 23, which resulted in
airlines imposing a flying ban+ on him for some time.
The MP was in Latur to campaign for Sena candidates contesting
the local municipal corporation polls, voting for which was
held on April 19.
Gaikwad was reportedly questioning the chief manager of the
State Bank of India (SBI) about the empty
ATM which prompted the police to step in and reason with him.
However, he allegedly behaved rudely with the police officials,
staged an agitation and shouted slogans. He and his supporters
were subsequently booked for unlawful assembly, misbehaviour
and causing disorder at a public place, the police said.
Gaikwad did not respond to phone calls and text messages sent
to him seeking his version of the story. DV Joshi, his personal
assistant at his hometown, Omerga, said he had left for Delhi
Inspector Gajanan Bhatlavande of the Gandhi Chowk police station,
Latur, told TOI that following reports of tension in the bus
stand area, a police team rushed to the spot. He said the MP was
shouting at a bank official for keeping the ATM empty. "When we
tried to pacify him, he shouted at the policemen using
objectionable language. His supporters kept raising slogans and
obstructing traffic," he said.
An FIR was registered against Gaikwad and others for unlawful
assembly and other sections of the Mumbai Police Act. "We will
investigate and take appropriate action. We are currently busy
with the municipal election process," Bhatlavande said.
SBI Chief manager GS Waghmare told TOI that he went to the ATM
after he learnt of the agitation there. "Gaikwad questioned me
about how things were being managed. I told him since we receive
a specific amount of cash from the RBI, we distribute it evenly
and manage it accordingly and assured him that we will put cash
in the ATM as soon as we get it," he said.
Joshi, however, defended the MP. "Gaikwad had initially sent one
of his supporters to withdraw money but he returned empty-handed
after visiting a number of ATMs. The MP summoned the bank
officials to ask what people were to do in case of an emergency
when the ATMs run out of cash." "It was the police officials who
spoke rudely to him.