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Congress MLA assaults cooperative bank employees in Chhattisgarh, video goes viral

On April 5th, 2023, Wednesday, a ruling Congress MLA, Brihaspat Singh landed in a controversy after he was caught on camera for purposely thrashing two employees of a cooperative bank in Balrampur-Ramanujganj district of Chhattisgarh, Raipur. The incident took place at the premises of the Ramanujganj branch of Zila Sahkari Kendriya Bank. In a video that is widely suffering online, a Congress MLA allegedly assaulted two employees due to complaints of financial discrepancies and misbehaviour.  


As videos of the incident went viral on social media, staff of the cooperative bank comprising five districts under the Surguja division announced mass leave for two days and demanded strict action against the ruling party MLA. Brishapat Singh didn’t own up to his act but also raised several allegations against the bank staff. He also claimed that the employees misbehaved with him and didn’t even release funds for them.


According to Congress leader, Lakhan Singh, a 70-year-old farmer who is a local of Mahaveer Ganj had come to the bank to withdraw some money but unfortunately faced misconduct and misbehaviour by the bank employees. On Tuesday, a group of people submitted a letter to Bhupesh Baghel, the Chief Minister of Chattisgarh and to the Inspector General of Police in Ambikapur district seeking actions against the Congress MLA.  As per the reports, the Congress MLA allegedly abused and slapped clerk Rajesh Pal and peon Arvind Singh in front of hundreds of farmers during working hours. 


Responding to the viral video of the incident, the defiant Congress leader said, “The people should make the video of farmers viral, with a fractured arm, and urging the bank employees to release his money to bear his medical expenses and the latter thrashing him and throwing him out.” Kedar Kashyap, a BJP leader seeking his dismissal as an MLA over the incident, hit back at BJP he said that “BJP leader Ramvichar Netam assaulted several government employees and humiliated them too. The BJP should first act against them.” 


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