New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Congress MLA Brihaspat Singh on Sunday accused the state health minister TS Singh Deo of orchestrating attacks on his convoy in Surguja district. The MLA claimed that he was attacked as he had raised Chief Minister Bhupesh Singh Bhagel which angered Deo.
Deo defended himself by saying that people in his constituency (Surguja) know him very well and refused to speak any further.
“In Surguja and parts of the state, people know more about me than myself. There is nothing more to say than this. My image is completely in the public domain, nothing is hidden….” he added.
The MLA said that he was attacked by three people in Ambikapur town, Surguja district, one of which was a relative of the health minister.
“The accused, while allegedly attacking my convoy’s follow vehicle, were asking for me from my security personnel. It means the plan was to attack me,” Singh told reporters on Sunday.
“Recently, during a press conference I told that there is no rotational chief minister post arrangement in the state and Chief Minister Bhupesh Bahel has been doing a great job. If he continues to do the same work he will remain in the post for the next 20-25 years,” the MLA said.
TS Singh Deo was the contender for the post of Chief Minister along with Bhupesh Baghel and Tamradhwaj Sahu after Congress won the state assembly elections in 2018.
According to the police, the incident happened when the accused started to drive parallely with the follow car of the MLA and started to abuse the drivers of the vehicle.
Following the incident, the MLA’s car left the spot but the accused attacked the windshield of the other car following an altercation.
“If I was in that car (his follow vehicle) I would have been attacked with guns,” he claimed, terming the incident as highly-condemnable.
Based on the complaint of the driver of the vehicle, the three accused identified as Sachin Singh Deo, Dhanno Urao and Sandeep Rajak were booked and arrested on Sunday, said a police official.
The exact cause of the incident was not immediately known and further probe is underway, he said.
With inputs from PTI