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In an embarrassment to the ruling BJP, the son of a state minister has been caught on camera thrashing a man after he allegedly did not let his vehicle pass by.

The incident took place on June 1 in Banswara but the video footage was shared on social media on Saturday.

In the video footage, Raja, the son of minister of state for panchayati raj and rural development Dhan Singh Rawat, can be seen overtaking a Swift car and blocking the road before getting out of his SUV.

He then opened the door of the car and slapped the driver before dragging him out and raining blows on him. Raja was accompanied by other men who also beat up the victim, identified as Neerav Upadhyay.

Though the incident occurred a month ago, no first investigation report has been filed yet.

“This matter is one month old and has been settled between both the parties. We cannot take action on this issue as nobody has lodged a written or verbal complaint,” Banswara superintendent of police, (SP) Kalu Ram Rawat said.

A retired police officer of Banswara said, “The victim was pressurised as his father is a government employee. The police can register a complaint under IPC section 323 (voluntarily hurting someone), 447 (criminal trespass) and other sections but the police is also not acting under political pressure.”

The Congress demanded strict action against the accused after the video surfaced. Condemning the incident, PCC president Sachin Pilot said, “This unfortunate incident reflects the arrogance of those in power. It seems that people in power have been given a free hand by this government to break the law.”

In March this year, a BJP MLA from Garhi constituency in Banswara, Jeetmal Khant, manhandled and threatened a toll plaza staff. A CCTV camera installed inside the toll cabin showed the legislator slapping the toll worker .

Last December, two sons of Rajasthan minister Surendra Bhadana were booked for allegedly abducting and beating up a man in Alwar after he was found standing near people abusing the minister.
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