A legislator of Majlis- Ittehadul-Muslimeen (MIM) was arrested on Sunday for allegedly slapping a policeman on duty, police said.

Karwan MLA Afsar Khan was arrested on charge of “slapping” constable Shiva Prasad, attached to Humayunnagar Police Station, near Shakina complex last night, they said.

The constable Shiva Prasad had gone to the complex along with a Sub-Inspector Nagender Rao following a complaint of quarrels on a petty issue between two groups, Asifnagar division Assistant Commissioner of Police L. T. Chandra Sekhar said.

When police tried to pacify the groups, Mr. Khan along with his supporters reached the place and picked up arguments and “slapped” the constable by holding his collar, police said.

“We have booked a case against the MLA under section 353 of IPC (Assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging duty),” he said.

Tension prevailed in the area as the news of arrest of Karwan MLA spread, as his supporters assembled in large numbers and staged a sit-in raising anti-police slogans in front of Humayunnagar Police Station.

Mr. Khan was previously involved in three assault cases including the attack on Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen at Press Club here in 2007.

Keywords: Public spat